Kenney says screening immigrants for 'Islamism' not part of plan

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:54 PM ET

OTTAWA - Responding to calls from a security expert that Canada needs to better screen prospective immigrants for "Islamism", Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney says Canada doesn't build bias into its immigration system.

Kenney pointed to several recent changes to the immigration system - including the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act and a biometric screening program that comes into effect Jan. 2 - as improving the screening process.

"Whatever kind of extremism it may be, we'll be in a much better position to ensure that people who may pose a threat to Canada's security do not get in and if they get here, get removed more quickly," he said.


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