An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign nationals)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Olivia Chow  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Dec. 9, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment eliminates the changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that were made by the Budget Implementation Act, 2008.


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Immigration and Refugee Protection ActRoutine Proceedings

December 9th, 2009 / 3:20 p.m.
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Olivia Chow NDP Trinity—Spadina, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-493, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign nationals).

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to introduce a bill to reverse a draconian change brought in by the Conservative government in May 2008 by Bill C-50.

This change separated many families. My bill would ensure that all children and direct family members left overseas be granted a consideration on humanitarian and compassionate grounds when their Canadian parents want to sponsor them and bring them into the country as permanent residents.

The Christmas holiday season is quickly approaching. Many Canadians came from war-torn countries, both to escape refugee camps and find a safe haven in Canada. Some of these Canadians have left behind children in refugee camps and have been waiting for a long time, sometimes for many years, to bring them to Canada.

The law must be changed to bring these families together. Some of these children may not be admissible under the normal considerations because they might be sick or they may not have proper identification. I hope the House supports this private member's bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)