HANSARD: Jenny advocates for the same immigration measures for Afghans as Ukrainians

House of Commons Debate
Opposition Motion—Natural Gas Pipelines and the Invasion of Ukraine
Business of Supply
Government Orders
March 3rd, 2022 / 4:15 p.m.


Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

Madam Speaker, clearly this motion is not really focused on the urgent needs of Ukrainians. Today the minister made some announcements about immigration measures for Ukrainians. I wonder whether the member would agree that extending those same measures, such as family sponsorship reunification, to Afghans as well as Ukrainians would be a step in the right direction. Similarly, it could be extended to those in Hong Kong suffering in the humanitarian crisis.


Francis Scarpaleggia (Liberal) Lac-Saint-Louis, QC

Madam Speaker, I cannot comment on all of those examples. There are multiple examples in the world. Each situation can be different and each requires a different, sometimes only a slightly different, response. It is an interesting question.

I have total confidence in the Minister of Immigration, the work that he is doing and the decisions he is making at the moment.



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If there are no consequences for MPs who knowingly help foreign governments act against Canadian interests, we will continue to be an easy target. This will further erode the trust and faith Canadians have in our democratic processes. If allowed to continue, it will further impugn the integrity of the House. Revealing any member of Parliament, former or present, who is a willing participant in foreign interference activities would have the effect of deterring this kind of behaviour. Moreover, it would send a clear message to those foreign states that this cannot continue and that they will not be able to continue to use parliamentarians in this way. This will further reassure the public of the integrity of the House.

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