Thank you, Minister.
Every single member of this committee called on the government to repeal this section. Canada is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For the last 40 years we've actually been in violation of this convention, so what's another 120 days, I suppose, for us to review this? Then after that—I don't know—what's another x number of days for us to proceed? The government doesn't seem to think there's an urgency to this.
Mr. Tomlinson came here today, with the HIV/AIDS network. He cited an example whereby people with HIV and AIDS, who will qualify, who can contribute to Canadian society, are being rejected based on this provision, notwithstanding their contributions. This thus affects many, many people.
I feel the urgency for us to act, but the government is still waiting and somehow we seem to think it's okay.
Committee members at this table also said:
I must say that at this point in time I do not see how raising the threshold and excluding fewer people changes the fact that excluding anyone is prima facie discriminatory and violates Canadian values.
A committee member actually said this. Others equated this policy to slavery, in terms of how we approach our immigration policy.
Does the minister not feel the urgency to act, or does he think that it's okay and that we can continue to wait?