Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'll start my questions with Mr. El Shafie.
The government has said they are not using religion or ethnic minorities; they're turning a blind eye to prioritizing refugees. We had officials from the department tell us that out of the cohort that has been processed so far, and I believe this is how it was phrased, there were nine Yazidi cases.
For those of us in Canada who don't understand, because we are in a secular country, what it means to be in a region where warfare is conducted due to religious differences, can you tell us bluntly whether or not you think the government has done a good job of prioritizing those who are most at risk? As someone who has been tortured and sentenced to death for your own faith, can you tell us why it's important not to turn a blind eye to this?