In the early 1970’s, my parents entered Canada as Economic Immigrants, sponsored by my uncle (my father’s brother).
For a period of time, under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (b. 1919 – d. 2000), a sibling could sponsor another sibling! This was a very effective immigration policy because it not only reunited families, it brought immigrants to Canada under circumstances where the newly arrived party had access to family support, and the entire family benefitted.
As Canada looks to increase the number of immigrants that it receives, the current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, would be wise to revisit the policy of his father and expand the Sponsorship Class. Frankly, the young Mr. Trudeau likely received some ‘legacy votes’ from some of those immigrants who were so grateful for his father’s liberal immigration policies.