Parliament Video: Jenny in the House: Safe Third Country Agreement 2018

After truly disturbing reports and images were made public of migrant child being torn away from their parents, US officials confirmed everyone's worst fears: Some of the children taken away and put in these baby jails would never be able to be reunited with their families; they would be lost in the system. It is clear that under the President Trump, the United States is not a safe country for asylum seekers. I asked the Prime Minister to finally do what is right and suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement. In response, all I got was vague platitudes. That's not leadership:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, the fact is that over 2,000 migrant children are already in baby jails. The parents do not know where they are or when they will see them again.

The head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed parents' worst fears. He expects hundreds of separated children will never see their parents again. They will be lost in the system forever.

Does the Prime Minister recognize that as long as Trump is in power, the U.S. will never be a safe country for asylum seekers?"

 

https://openparliament.ca/debates/2018/6/20/jenny-kwan-2/

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HANSARD: Foreign Interference and Alleged Reputational Harm to Members of Parliament

Outside this chamber, just yesterday, there were individuals shouting, questioning and jeering about who the traitors may be. Members of Parliament had to walk past these individuals on the members' way to the House to do their work. I believe we must find a way to disclose which MPs are knowingly, intentionally, wittingly or semi-wittingly engaging with foreign states or their proxies to undermine Canada's democratic processes and institutions. I believe this can be done in a way that does not compromise national security.

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.

I strongly believe that the House should refer the matter to the procedure and House affairs committee. A possible way to deal with the issue would be for committee members to undergo the necessary security screening to examine the unredacted report and look into the allegations about parliamentarians who were “‘witting or semi-witting’ participants in the efforts of foreign states to interfere in our politics.” We could allow the named parliamentarians to be informed and to come before the committee as witnesses; we could then explore options on how to disclose the named parliamentarians without compromising national security or police investigations of the matter.

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