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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, I am certain that the Leader of the Opposition's visit to Lacolle will be very interesting. The Leader of the Opposition will probably inform our partners that the former Conservative government slashed $390 million from the interim health program that it cut, a dec

June 8th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, our government is acutely aware that irregular migrants place new pressures on certain provinces, that need to find temporary accommodations for these asylum seekers. Since my colleague mentioned funding, I am pleased to announce that we have invested $50 million i

June 4th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, in his speech, my colleague talked about the asylum system as though it was exactly the same as our ordinary immigration system. That is completely false and he continues to repeat that falsehood. My colleagues know that they are two completely different systems and

May 28th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague. She gave an excellent summary of everything the government has done so far. We committed to improving client services at IRCC. As my colleague mentioned, much has already been done. I want to repeat this because it is important. Under our gover

May 28th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, what we can acknowledge is that the previous government cut $400 million from the Canada Border Services Agency budget. In our last budget, we reinvested $173 million to deal with the issue of irregular border crossers. Let me be clear on one thing: our government i

May 28th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with my colleague from Winnipeg North. As part of the review of the votes under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in the 2018-19 main estimates, I want to talk about the government's priority to improve client services. High qual

May 28th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Acadie-Bathurst Titan  Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour for me to announce that the Acadie-Bathurst Titan have won the 2018 Memorial Cup. Last night, Titan defeated the Regina Pats 3-0 to bring the cup home to northeastern New Brunswick for the first time since their move to Bathurst in 1998. This

May 28th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, we understand very well the frustration of the affected individuals. We engaged with the community to better understand their concerns. Our absolute priority is to protect the health and safety of Canadians. For that reason, all immigration candidates are subject t

May 25th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, we know that people who come to Canada as tourists or to be with family are very important. As I said, we want those people to come to Canada. We also want people coming to Canada to be screened so they can come here safely. Our priority is to make sure tourists and p

May 24th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, what I can say is that, under our government, wait times have decreased considerably. For example, for spouses and live-in caregivers, processing times have dropped from 26 months under the Conservatives to 12 months under our government. We want to reunite families as

May 24th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, on the issue of making the 9,000-kilometre-long border almost impenetrable, I would remind members that the previous government slashed more than $400 million from border resources. The Conservatives are now asking us to put resources along the entire border which span

May 24th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I thank my colleague from Surrey Centre for his speech and for the excellent work that he does on the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. It is unacceptable for spouses to be separated for a long period of time. That is why we promised Canadians that w

May 24th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, we made it possible for caregivers, who are a tremendous help to Canadian families, to be reunited as quickly as possible. We are committed to guaranteeing that these caregivers will become permanent residents as quickly as possible. We are also proud to have process

May 24th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Chair, once again, we are very proud of this new director's appointment. We want to reduce wait times and expedite the process, which can sometimes be burdensome for applicants. That will help us to greatly reduce wait times and simplify our forms. Client service is one of

May 24th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Chair, I want to thank my colleague from Davenport for her speech. I know she is passionate about the issue of immigration. I also want to thank her for the good advice she has given me. We have made significant progress in reducing wait times and inventories across perm

May 24th, 2018House debate

Serge CormierLiberal