11/09/2011 02:42 EST | Updated 01/09/2012 05:12 EST

RCMP asked by New Brunswick to investigate provincial immigration program

FREDERICTON - The Attorney General's Department in New Brunswick has asked the RCMP to investigate the provincial government's immigration program.

Department spokesman Paul Harpelle said today that Judith Keating, the deputy attorney general, filed numerous complaints concerning the Provincial Nominee Program on Monday.

However, Harpelle says he can't divulge the number or the nature of the complaints because they are now the subject of a probe by police.

He won't say if it has anything to do with a pilot project under the program that was cancelled last week by the government.

The project to encourage Chinese immigrant entrepreneurs to move to New Brunswick was criticized by the auditor general because of the lack of a system to keep track of whether the participants stayed in the province.

Under that program, the province would help fast-track an applicant's immigration application and refund a $60,000 deposit after the person moved to New Brunswick and started a business.