Anger as Irish must pass English-speaking test to become Canadian

Canadian immigration law requires Irish people to undergo an English proficiency test to gain permanent residency – they aren’t happy about it

Young Irish immigrants in Canada have expressed their annoyance at being forced to undertake an English-proficiency test, despite English being their first language, when applying for Canadian permanent resident status. Some immigration lawyers are also calling on the Canadian federal government to set aside the requirement to prove English-speaking proficiency when the applicant for permanent residency is a national of a country where English is one of the official languages.

“Common sense has left the building,” immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann told CBC Toronto.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Leave it in place.
    If it’s a legitimate Irishman then they will easily pass the test, if it’s some dodgy boat person that somehow wangled a citizenship in Ireland, maybe he will not pass so easily?

    • Starlord

      I heard it’s more of the cost of the test I think around 250 bucks.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        That should be lowered, or refundable if you pass.

        • shasta

          Why? I think it should be raised. This country doesn’t need more people. Or is Canadian citizenship worth SFA these days.

    • WalterBannon

      Britain is full of Pakistanis and other Muslims who did not integrate there.

      nationality is proof of nothing today

  • Starlord

    Ridiculous. Worked with people that couldn’t string two english sentences together… I just sat in wonderment on how the gov lets them in…

    • marty_p

      There are tons of Chinese in the GTA who can’t speak proper English.
      Notice how many of the bank machines in the GTA now offer Chinese as a language choice.

      • Starlord

        I think a bill 101 type thing is in order. Perhaps not as harsh but signals has to have 80% of its space for English, rest in another language. You need a common language to communicate…

        But our politicians will are creating mini nations within even the GTA. No incentive to collaborate outsidw the mini nation.

        Also note: if you have say majority of non English speakers in a dept… they don’t hold meetings or converse in English. They will do it in their own language… and the minority (English speakers get left out)

        People tend to hire people like them, so one becomes manager then they hire more and more then…

  • Clausewitz

    Meanwhile Justin’s chosen Syrian refugee’s need to know neither official language. Typical.

  • If it’s greedy Marxist Union leader Sid Ryan, I have no objection. After all his years as an Irishman in Canada there’s only one phrase in English that he knows:

    “Duh greedy corporations is takin all duh money”.

    Sid only has a vocabulary of seven words.

    • andycanuck

      That and “Bend over, Coren!”

  • DaninVan

    The $280 fee is outrageous. If you pass, it should at the very least be refunded.
    It doesn’t cost that much to take a Drivers Exam!
    Contrast that with the free land our Grandparents received.

    • Alain

      Hell for the drivers test you don’t even need to know how to speak, read or write English in BC and a few other provinces. This smacks of discrimination against white English-speaking people applying for landed immigrant status.

      • DaninVan

        Excellent points, Alain!
        Maybe not 1/2 but a LOT of the shop signage in Richmond, BC is in Chinese…no English in sight.

        • Alain

          Yes, and as I mentioned in the past I personally witnessed a sign for the passport office in the Sinclair Centre in Vancouver in the lobby posted in several different languages above and beyond the Passport Office, Bureau des Passeports” which I found outrageous. How could anyone who could not read and understand “Passport Office” qualify for a Canadian passport. So we have our government here, both federal and provincial, supporting immigrants who know zero English and now the same federal government is demanding that white people from Ireland applying for landed immigrant status must prove they can pass an English exam.

      • shasta

        The fact that BC is stupid enough to allow drivers who cannot read English on their roads is no reason for the federal government to allow citizens who cannot comprehend one of the official languages. What I have trouble understanding is how simple the test must be, as I am constantly running into people who assure me that they are Canadian, but they cannot understand even the basics of the English language.

  • andycanuck

    The fookers!!!

  • Justin St.Denis

    I’ve a bit of a different take on this.

    Has anyone here ever been in a position of trying to hire top-flight writers/editors in Canada recently? I have been, and it was such an arduous task that – with the government client’s approval – a seventh grade English grammar test from 1967 was introduced to separate the wheat from the chaff. It worked very well. Over 80% disqualified themselves by failing outright. Interestingly, the majority of those who passed the test were not born in Canada. Upon learning this, the client insisted that the test results be withdrawn from the criteria.

    Interesting, huh?

    • I believe you. Read a newspaper lately? It’s like nobody has copywriters anymore.