Mr. Speaker, on behalf of our Conservative government, I extend condolences to the family of Juana Tejada who died Sunday of cancer. Ms. Tejada was a live-in caregiver from the Philippines. After immigrating to Canada, she contracted cancer and was told by Canadian immigration officials that her illness made her ineligible to become a permanent resident.
Ms. Tejada's case galvanized the Filipino Canadian community and, in fact, all Canadians. Our government intervened at the political level so that Ms. Tejada could remain in Canada. The Minister of Immigration met Ms. Tejada several times before assuming his current portfolio, and I know he has made it one of our government's top priorities to improve the live-in caregiver program.
The minister has asked his officials to come back to him with recommendations on how to make it more responsive to the needs of caregivers. When this happens, a large part of the credit will go to Ms. Tejada, whose own tragic case drew into stark relief the need to improve the live-in caregiver program.