According to the three Maritime premiers, the Atlantic Provinces
badly need more immigrants, while former New Brunswick premier
proposed his own solution: require newcomers to live in the
"The imperative to have an immigration profile that is
similar to the rest of the country in all aspects is mission
critical," Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan said
He was reacting to a recent op-ed piece written by Frank
McKenna, where the former New Brunswick premier says boosting
Atlantic Canada's population through immigration is necessary
to combat the region's aging and declining populations.
McKenna, who is now deputy chairman of the Toronto-Dominion
Bank, said in an interview that the federal government should
create a special program for Atlantic Canada that would require
immigrants to live three to five years in the region before they
are granted citizenship. His advice is badly misguided.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil appears closer to the mark
when he says that the provinces have a responsibility to work with
communities and social groups to create the infrastructure and
support system so that immigrants who come to the region will want
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