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Conservatives advocate for citizenship as the ultimate immigration goal in Canada

Conservative immigration critic Tom Kmiec criticized Canada's increasing number of temporary residents, advocating for a citizenship-focused policy at a conference. He linked high immigration to the housing crisis, suggesting a reduction. Liberals echoed this concern due to the strain from the influx of temporary residents. Business columnist David Olive also proposed lower immigration levels to ease the housing crisis. Despite a record immigration increase, rents soared. Olive noted that 80,000 construction workers are needed by 2030 for a housing boom. While 250,000 new homes are built annually, more are required to ensure affordability. Prime Minister Trudeau announced a 20% reduction in temporary residents over three years, boosting permanent residents. Olive proposed a smaller number, referencing countries reducing immigration due to housing crises. He recommended reduced immigration for a few years for a balanced housing model.



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