Parliament Video: Jenny in the House: Live-in Caregivers - Part 2

On February 7, 2017, Jenny stood to speak on Live-in Caregivers:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Madam Speaker, the NDP believes that the immigration system is about nation building. Canada is a country that is built by the immigrant community. We are the faces of the world.

If we are to honour the caregiver workers and their contributions, we must hold true to the principle that if they are good enough to work here, they are good enough to stay.

With respect to the caregiver program, for the applicants who are on the wait list, it is a wait of six years plus for them to be reunited with their families. I am a mother of two. I cannot imagine what life is like for people to be separated from their own children simply because they are trying to make a better life for them.

The government needs to bring in a special measure, frankly, to fast-track these applications. It is not acceptable for those wait times to exist. If we value them as workers, we must do something about it.

The work that is being done on the backlog right now is still deficient. I call on the government to take action now."

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