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Source: Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press, February 7, 2019 

The Liberal government was forced to fend off criticism last week over its new first-come-first-served online application for immigrants hoping to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residency in Canada.

Some critics called the process unfair and discriminatory after it closed less than 10 minutes after opening, which prevented tens of thousands of people from submitting an application.

About 100,000 people were competing for 27,000 spots, said a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

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