CIM#34: Addressing the nature of a new amendment

Citizenship and Immigration Committee
October 7th, 2022 / 1:25 p.m.

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Thank you, Madam Chair.

I'll just speak to this very quickly.

I'm opposed to this amendment. What the government is trying to do is water down the number of ministers to come before the committee or the time for the officials to come before the committee.

Given the gravity of this situation, where Afghans and their family members who serve this country are being hunted down by the Taliban as we speak right now, and some have actually disappeared already, surely we can find a few hours within this committee to hear the government's response, which they only just tabled yesterday.

I read the response. I think the families who serve our country deserve this hearing from this committee, and we need to get some answers on the recommendations that were tabled by the Special Committee on Afghanistan. The government said that they have taken a whole-of-government approach. The minister, just today in question period, said that he's doing everything he can. So, they should not have any problems whatsoever with coming before this committee to speak to committee members on this important issue.

All these amendments, frankly, are the Liberals trying to delay the time on the passage of my motion and, frankly, squandering the time for witnesses to present on the current study. I'm opposed to this amendment.

Are you ready to take action?

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