How could I leave out Prince Edward Island? It was just a slip. I love going there and seeing Anne Shirley.
I hope the government members will support this and that we will proceed to accept this and go down to Atlantic Canada to hear some of what the people have to say.
I guess the other issue is why the government members are simply adjourning these debates on these topics—the topics of the border crossing crisis, the appeals process for citizenship fraud. These matters can be dealt with here promptly.
We have two reports to finish. I don't know how many days—maybe no one knows how many days—we're going to be here, but hopefully we will have at least a couple of days in which this committee can finish both of those reports, which are just on the cusp of being completed and concerning which, Mr. Chairman, you can proudly attend before the House of Commons to make the report on behalf of the committee.
The other issue is, as I indicated in the preamble of the motion, that the new minister has appeared, I think, only once before this committee. He won't come to talk about estimates. The government is going to be spending some more money on immigration. What is he prepared to do, as the minister, to deal with the issue that's before us now? What is he prepared to recommend to the government concerning programs? There has been mention of pilot programs. What is he prepared to do to encourage an increase in the economy of Atlantic Canada and to encourage new immigrants to come to Atlantic Canada?
The problem is, of course, that most immigrants, when they come to this country, want to go to those areas in which immigrants have already settled, and not a lot of them have settled in Atlantic Canada. That's one reason this motion is before us. They go to Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and I don't know about other areas, but generally to the major cities in the rest of Canada.
Why aren't they going to Halifax? Why aren't they going to Charlottetown? Why aren't they going to Fredericton? I suppose the people who are there can tell us first-hand, which is another reason I believe we should go there.
Mr. Chairman, I strongly recommend that the committee review this motion. I can't believe it's going to take much movement. I mean, they're the ones who brought the motion. The work has been done by the clerk. She has a budget that's ready to go. We could go in the summer months, with agreed-upon dates in the summer months. I'm sure witnesses would much rather that we go there to talk about these complicated issues than that they come up here or appear by television.
The other question, of course, which I can't emphasize more, is why can't we finish these two studies? Why can't we finish the LGBTQ study? The testimony is in. We always study these matters in camera. We've had witnesses on these issues who are crying out for us to do something, crying out for this committee to make recommendations to Parliament and indeed to the department to do something.
There are rumours flying around this place that we may prorogue. Well, if we do and we haven't done these studies, they will die. After all the testimony that has been given on those two studies, they will die. I suppose it's possible that the committee could make a motion to have them come forward again in the fall. I suppose that's possible—it has happened before—but right now, if they prorogue, those studies would die.
Those people who have come to this committee and given very emotional testimony, particularly on the LGBTQ study, will be most upset that we allowed this matter not to have priority with the committee, and instead proceeded with the Atlantic study, which is most important. That's why I am recommending, Mr. Chairman, that we go to Atlantic Canada to hear some more testimony with respect to Atlantic Canada and with respect to the problems in Atlantic Canada.
The same goes for the immigration consultants study. We've heard a lot of testimony about that, and it will be a shame if that study just dies. That's what's going to happen if we continue on bringing people from the Maritimes, from Atlantic Canada, here, and allow the immigration consultants study to die as a result of prorogation. Maybe we're not going to prorogue, but someone starts these rumours. Mr. Chairman, you've heard these rumours.