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Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the government's response to the 15th report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration entitled “Building an Inclusive Canada: Bringing th

April 16th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, our decision to increase indigenous participation in fishing is consistent with our government's commitment to forging a renewed relationship between Canada and indigenous peoples. Enhancing access to the surf clam fishery broadens the distribution of benefits from t

April 16th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, our government recognizes the risks that abandoned vessels pose to shoreline communities and the marine environment. For the sake of clarification, a small fire occurred in the machine room of the Kathryn Spirit during work to dismantle the vessel on April 10. No one

April 16th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the safe third country agreement is based on the principle recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. I can understand that the NDP is a bit upset to hear us say that the representative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in C

March 27th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, asylum claims are governed in part by international treaties Canada has signed on to. As such, we have a legal responsibility to assess asylum claims made under these international conventions. That is why the asylum system is fundamentally different from all other a

March 27th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

House debate  Mr. Speaker, memory is not infallible. Earlier, the member for Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier rose on a point of order to scold us. However, I have noticed the member for Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier taking photographs, even though everyone knows that taking photographs in the House is n

March 23rd, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, as my colleague knows, the minister himself appeared before the committee and clearly stated that this policy is outdated, since it is over 40 years old. As I said earlier, the policy seeks to strike a balance between protecting publicly funded health and social ser

March 21st, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, I am going to use my speaking time this evening to clarify certain points related to the Government of Canada's agenda on accessibility and immigration applicants. As the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has said, our government is currently review

March 21st, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I ask for leave to return to tabling of documents so I can table a document.

March 19th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Citizenship and Immigration  Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the government response to the 14th report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration entitled “Immigration to Atlantic Canada: Moving to the Future”.

March 19th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to rise in the House today to thank the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. In Budget 2018, our government recognizes the importance and value of seasonal industries and seasonal wo

March 2nd, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act  Madam Speaker, I rise this evening in support of Bill S-210, which seeks to repeal the short title of Bill S-7, the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act. The purpose of the bill that we are proposing to amend is to prevent early and forced marriage. It also seeks t

February 28th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, I want to point out that family caregivers provide very valuable services to Canadian families. Let us be clear. As the minister reiterated, the government will continue to let family caregivers apply for permanent residency. We are now studying current programs in

February 9th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, over the past two years, our government has taken a number of measures to improve the immigration system. I just mentioned the family caregiver and wait-time measures, but we have also worked on offering services to all the hard-working organizations across the cou

February 9th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, I again thank my colleague. As I stated in my previous reply, we recognize that the woodland caribou population has declined in the past two years primarily because of human activity. Our government is very concerned about the state of this caribou population in Can

February 1st, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal