HANSARD: Jenny asks if visa requirements will be waived for Ukrainians

House of Commons Debate
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions
February 28th, 2022 / 2:30 p.m.


Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are watching in horror as hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians seek refuge from the unprovoked Russian invasion.

The Liberals cannot recreate the disaster in Afghanistan, where those who risked everything to help our country were left behind. The European Union and, most recently, Ireland have already waived the requirements for visas for Ukrainians, and the NDP has been calling on the Liberals to do the same. However, this morning, immigration officials said that it is not even on the table.

Time is of the essence. Will the government immediately waive visa requirements for Ukrainians?


Chrystia Freeland (Liberal) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the member opposite that the world is watching in horror at what is happening in Ukraine, but I am also watching in pride at the incredibly brave resistance of the people of Ukraine.

It is important for us to say that we continue to support them in their fight. When it comes to refugees, of course Canada is there for Ukrainians. We have been and we will be, and we will have more to say soon.



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