Happy New(s) Year
Canada column for Sunday, Dec. 30/12
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Canadians can view their country as “an island of stability and a bright hope for people the world over.”
So said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his Christmas/New Year’s message after referring to the “global economic uncertainty all around us.”
Heading into 2013, Harper said his Conservative government “will continue to focus on growth, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.”
He continued: “But for now, let us be mindful of those who are less fortunate, be grateful for the service of our men and women in uniform, and let us give thanks for Canada, the best country in the world.”
In a year-end interview with Global TV, Harper said Canada will no longer “passively” accept immigrants as it reforms the immigration system to ensure newcomers meet the criteria to fill growing labor shortages.
“The country faces shortages now that will only worsen as the aging population retires,” he said.