Mr. Speaker, Canada has a long-standing humanitarian tradition of providing assistance and protection to refugees the world over.
When communities welcome refugees with open arms and open hearts, they can help create the foundation for a successful transition to Canadian life.
It is important for communities across the country to foster a welcoming spirit toward newcomers, including refugees. Today, World Refugee Day is also a good day to recognize the important and generous work done by those who sponsor refugees and help them to settle, integrate, and succeed in Canada.
These individuals totally embody Canada's values of compassion, openness, and diversity.
Unfortunately, there are some negative and hateful voices against refugees, but they do not represent the majority of Canadians or our values. We will not let those voices discourage us.
I have the honour of working with Canadians and all MPs in the House to ensure that our country is open and welcoming to newcomers and refugees.