HANSARD: Will Liberals Immediately Enact Special Immigration Measures to Include Extended Family Members of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents From Gaza?

House of Commons Hansard #261 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions
December 4th, 2023 / 2:45 p.m.

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, Canadians with loved ones in Gaza have spent many sleepless nights worrying about their families as the humanitarian crisis worsens. UNICEF now calls Gaza the most dangerous place for children in the world. Today, the NDP joined with the coalition of Palestinian families and community groups to call for special immigration measures so people in Canada can reunite with their loved ones. The Australian government is already doing it. Canada must do the same.

Will the Liberals immediately enact special immigration measures to include extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents from Gaza

Mélanie Joly Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I agree that Gaza is one of the worst places to live in the world right now. We are very preoccupied by the fact that too many children and too many women have lost their lives. I met with many humanitarian groups earlier today to share my concern and to hear their thoughts on how we can make sure that Palestinian civilians are protected.

Meanwhile, I must say that we are extremely happy that 130 Canadians were able to cross Rafah last night and are now back in Egypt, heading toward Canada.


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