House of Commons Hansard #104 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was families.

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Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Saint-Henri—Westmount
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

(a) During the recent confrontation between the governments of China and Taiwan, no special arrangements were made or contemplated at Taiwan to authorize the transportation of immigrants and visitors to Canada who had not been examined by authorized Canadian immigration officials.

(b) No such applicants were permitted to proceed to Canada without properly conducted examinations by Canadian immigration officials. However, following normal procedures, an oral interview of an applicant is only conducted by immigration officials if there is a need to clarify the admissibility of an applicant to Canada. If such a determination can be made using written documentation then an interview may not be required.

Question No. 84-

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Reform

Val Meredith Surrey—White Rock—South Langley, BC

Can the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration indicate the relative importance of personal suitability in the selection process under the point rating system and for the screening of sponsored family members other than spouses and children?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Saint-Henri—Westmount
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

A maximum score of 10 units for Personal Suitability is possible under the current points system for assessment of independent immigration applicants. An independent applicant must score at least 70 points to pass the assessment. By comparison, the maximum scores available for the other selection criteria are:

  1. Education 16 2. Specific Vocational Preparation 18 3. Experience 8 4. Occupational Demand 10 5. Arranged Employment or Designated Occupation 10 6. Demographic Factor 8 7. Age 10 8. Knowledge of English and French Languages 15

Since the point rating system is only applied to members of the Independent and Business Classes of immigrants, neither the Personal Suitability criterion nor any of the other criteria in the point rating system are applied to sponsored family members.

Question No. 85-

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Reform

Val Meredith Surrey—White Rock—South Langley, BC

Can the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration provide statistical breakdown by classes, for the last five years ending March 31, 1996, of all applicants who have been granted entry visas without oral examinations?

Questions On The Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Saint-Henri—Westmount
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Table 1 provides a statistical breakdown by category for persons granted immigrant visas and/or Minister's Permits to enter Canada without a selection interview. Figures cover only applicants processed for permanent residence at overseas missions. The figures are for the total number of persons, including spouses and dependent children.

Table 2 gives the number of persons for whom the interview was waived as a percentage of total persons issued immigrant visas or Minister's Permits.

No statistics are maintained for applicants for visitor visas, student authorizations, employment authorizations or returning resident permits who are issued visas and/or permits without an interview.

Table 1

Table 2

Questions Passed As Orders For Returns
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Madam Speaker, if Question No. 49 could be made an order for return, the return would be tabled immediately.

Questions Passed As Orders For Returns
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

Is that agreed?

Questions Passed As Orders For Returns
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Question No. 49-

Questions Passed As Orders For Returns
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Liberal

Pat O'Brien London—Middlesex, ON

For the past two years, which departments, agencies or crown corporations have ( a ) contributed funding to UNICEF and ( b ) in what amounts?

Return tabled.

Questions Passed As Orders For Returns
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley East, BC

Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would like to ask the government representative when we could expect an answer to Question No. 9

put by my hon. colleague from Kindersley-Lloydminster. It has been on the paper since February. Normally we would expect a timely response; I think 45 days is what is expected. That question has been on the paper for a long time. Does the member have any idea when we might expect an answer?

Questions Passed As Orders For Returns
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Liberal

Paul Zed Fundy Royal, NB

Madam Speaker, I am sorry I do not have a specific answer on when that question will be returned to the House. It is a very large question, a request that goes to all government departments. I have been informed that it is in the final stages of being revised. I hope we can have that information soon.

I ask that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Questions Passed As Orders For Returns
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Ringuette-Maltais)

Is that agreed?

Questions Passed As Orders For Returns
Routine Proceedings

10:25 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Supply
Government Orders

November 21st, 1996 / 10:25 a.m.

Reform

Sharon Hayes Port Moody—Coquitlam, BC

moved:

That, in the opinion of this House, the government should provide tax fairness for all Canadian families by extending the Child Care Tax deduction to all families of all income levels and converting it to a credit, thereby removing the tax bias against parents caring for their own children.

Supply
Government Orders

10:25 a.m.

Reform

Chuck Strahl Fraser Valley East, BC

Madam Speaker, on a point of order, the first two speakers from the Reform Party, the members for Port Moody-Coquitlam and Mission-Coquitlam, will be splitting their time.