BEIJING (AP) — Chinese millionaires are urging the Canadian government to keep its investor immigrant program and not eliminate the thousands of backlogged applications from Chinese nationals.

Ten applicants to the program said Tuesday at a news conference that their faith in Canada as a “trustworthy country,” with its attractive rule of law, environment and welfare system, was wavering.

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Canada said last month that it intended to end the immigrant investor program and eliminate the longstanding backlog of applications amounting to more than 65,000 people, most of whom are Chinese.

Investor applicants, some of whom had applied five years ago, said they were discussing with lawyers and whether to claim compensation for the years they had been waiting.