Canada to Get New Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander
The federal government announced a major cabinet shuffle on Monday which will see Jason Kenney, the current Citizenship and Immigration Minister, move to the Department of Employment and Social Development, which will be the new name for the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC).
Chris Alexander, who is currently the MP for the district of Ajax-Pickering, will become the new Citizenship and Immigration Minister. Alexander has never held a Minister position before, but has spent 18 years as a Canadian diplomat where he had proximity to Canada’s foreign visa missions.
During Kenney’s tenure as Immigration Minister, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) saw major reforms in immigration procedures and rules, that attempted to better match selected immigrants with skills in demand in the Canadian economy, reduce the backlog in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and reduce the processing times of applications.
Kenney also pushed to reduce fraud and abuse of Canada’s immigration and refugee programs through various reforms including new marriage sponsorship rules and expedited deportation of bogus asylum claimants from E.U. countries.