Windsor Star

Grits vow $800M to aid immigrants

- RICHMOND, B.C.

The Liberals vowed Saturday to put out a welcome mat for more immigrants to Canada, and to invest $800 million in programs aimed in part at matching them with jobs suited to their skills.

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion announced the “critical component” of the party’s election platform in a speech to about 150 members of Canada’s largest Chinese community in Richmond, B.C., as he wrapped up his first week of campaignin­g.

His audience reacted most strongly to a promise of establishi­ng a five-year multiple entry visa for family visits for weddings, funerals and other personal reasons, and an “express pass” system for business people.

“I want business people from China, from India, from around the world, to find Canada a welcoming place to visit and do business,” Dion said.

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