Let me stop you there, Mr. Boudreau. There were 40,000 Hungarian refugees who ended up in Austria. Within less than six months, 90% of them were in Canada. So it's not impossible.
We have a bureaucratic system that doesn't respond to the needs of the market. The 2002 change in the point system was a total, complete, utter disaster. I agree with you wholeheartedly. We need mechanics, we need bricklayers, we need carpenters, we need people in the trades, and we need to be working with our unions, instead of setting up a situation where temporary foreign workers are brought in and create a very hostile environment.
The only thing I would say to your group is this: demand that the government pay attention to immigration. In the last two years—in less than one year—this government brought in two ministers, neither one of whom knew anything about citizenship and immigration. Unfortunately, while I'd love to say that the Liberal ministers preceding them were much more knowledgeable, they weren't.
Until we have the political will and the demand that we don't want to become a country of servitude, where we have temporary foreign workers.... Take a look at what happened to Germany, with their guest worker program. It can create all sorts of problems. Having a whole pile of single males coming here, with their families far away, is a horrific situation to work in.
Yes, I agree with you, it's totally inexcusable that it takes so long for people to get here. But I don't think the answer is to bring in temporary foreign workers who can be exploited. And I agree, in terms of why they haven't accessed the charter, that for a temporary foreign worker to get to the Supreme Court of Canada is virtually impossible. It's bad enough for groups that are from here to get there.
I think, Monsieur Boudreau, you might want to push the government and tell them not to take us down this path. I can tell you that bureaucrats have been trying to do this ever since I was first in this Parliament, and that goes back many years. They tried to put in place a system exactly like this, whereby we use people and discard them.
Well, the fact of the matter is that we need people to come in and to help build this country, and there are very legitimate situations for low-skilled people. Mr. Mike Lazaridis, the inventor of the BlackBerry I'm holding, would never get in here today. He is now employing 6,000 Canadians, and I'll bet you in the next year it's going to be 10,000 Canadians, and it's going to be more and more. Frank Stronach would never get into the country today. Frank Hasenfratz of Linamar would never get into the country today.
The problem we have is that we have a dysfunctional system, but dammit, we can demand from the politicians that they fix it, and demand it from whichever government is in power, because this exploitation that we're undertaking with temporary foreign workers is not helping to build Canada.