Clearing a traffic jam

Hello and welcome to another installment of Immigration Issues. This week I would like to offer my views on the Minister’s decision to place a moratorium on skilled worker applications until the end of July, 2012. I have my views on why this happened, and why it happened now. In order properly present this view I must backtrack to the minister’s proposal to cancel some approximately 300,000 applications submitted prior to February 2008 in an effort to clear the backlog.

Firstly, I am going to compare the backlog to an accident that occurs on the Trans-Canada Highway at the top of the Rogers Pass on a long weekend in July in 30° heat. Traffic is backed up both ways for miles. Have I painted a picture that you are able to visualize? It’s an ugly situation. Car loads of families headed out for a week end of relaxation and enjoyment are now stuck in the relentless heat. Children are fussing, and everywhere around you cars and tempers are overheating. As far as you can see traffic is backed up in both directions. Police are on scene and traffic moving at a pitiful snail’s pace. You are beginning to think that you may never get where you are headed. You observe rescue equipment and emergency vehicles inching by you in an effort to reach the scene. This is not a pretty picture but it is representative of the backlog of applications that are waiting in the queue for processing.

Now even though the traffic is moving mercilessly slow, it comes to a complete standstill. The stoppage represents the moratorium placed on the skilled worker applications. Everything has stopped. Why? Well, let’s think about this. The vehicles involved in the accident, represent the four year old applications. The traffic is stopped to allow emergency crews to remove the twisted debris a in an effort to restore at least one lane in each direction. After about one hour, which represents the one month moratorium, you see the traffic beginning to move again. It moves very slowly at first and then slowly increases to a modest 60 km per hour. As you reach the scene of the carnage you observe the vehicles that were at the front of the line that were involved in the blockage, being removed from the scene. These vehicles represent the four year old applicants that have been cancelled.

In summary, hopefully we can all better understand why the moratorium had to be placed on the skilled worker applications. The road had to be cleared and/or detours had to be established to allow traffic to begin to flow again. Sometimes before we can begin to move forward we need to make a plan. If there is no plan, there is failure. I am betting that this Minister has dealt with enough failure and is putting a plan in place to relieve the congestion.

I hope that this example in some small way enlightens us as to the necessity for the moratorium. That’s the way I see things this week!

Robert Robertson
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku

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