Today in Politics and Podcast: Immigration Targets, Cannabis Bill

Today in Politics and Podcast: Immigration Targets, Cannabis Bill

UPDATED November 1, 2017 4:34pmET

Canada plans to welcome between 310,000 and 340,000 immigrants annually between 2018 and 2020 — close to one per cent of the total population, according to the government’s annual report on immigration.

More than 296,000 permanent residents entered Canada in 2016, led by economic immigrants (53%), sponsored family members (26%), and resettled refugees and protected persons (20%).

This included 46,319 refugees, both government-assisted and privately-sponsored.

The Philippines, India, Syria, China, and Pakistan were the top five source countries for all immigrants, followed by the United States, Iran, France, United Kingdom, and Eritrea.

Here’s what Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said this afternoon in Toronto:

Hussen joins Peter Van Dusen on PrimeTime Politics (8pm ET / 5pm PT) — also watch for reaction from MPs.

The government’s cannabis bill (C-45) is back in the House of Commons this afternoon, following amendments recommended by the Standing Committee on Health.

Those amendments included a call for cannabis edibles and concentrates to be allowed for sale within one year of the bill’s Royal Assent. Those products are not currently included in the proposed Cannabis Act.

The health committee also removed a 100-centimetre height limit for plants grown at home.

Meanwhile, MPs also vote on Bill C-49 and two private member’s bills: C-343 and C-315.

Outside of Parliament, the MMIWG Inquiry has released its interim report on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls:

Watch PrimeTime Politics (8pm ET / 5pm PT) for a full interview with Chief Commissioner Marion Buller, with more coverage on Revue politique at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT.

Read the full interim report:

In committee:

-Andrew Thomson

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TOP PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: A marijuana plant at the AmeriCanna Edibles facility on Apr. 25, 2017 in Boulder, Colo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joe Mahoney