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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, a renewed nation-to-nation relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership with the indigenous peoples of Canada is a top priority for our government. We are working with the five Nuu-chah-nulth nations to resolve fisheries disput

December 11th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Madam Speaker, as I have already said, the member was at committee. A tremendous amount of information was shared with the committee members and the general public on how we handled these irregular border crossings. As for the Immigration and Refugee Board, as everyone knows, an

December 6th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Madam Speaker, I thank the member, my colleague from Vancouver East, for her question this evening. I assure my colleague that our government has adopted a highly co-ordinated and collaboratively managed approach with our various partners on the issue she is referring to. I know

December 6th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Taxation  Madam Speaker, our government was elected on a promise to strengthen the economy and to grow the middle class and those working hard to join it, and our plan is working. More than 600,000 new jobs since 2015 and the lowest unemployment rate in the country in the past 10 years; t

December 6th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Taxation  Madam Speaker, as I told the member in my answer, we are committed to avoiding any unforseen consequences these measures may have on small businesses. I think that the opposition is frustrated because our plan is working. We created 600,000 new jobs, lowered the small business t

December 6th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, I share the concerns of the member opposite. As members know, pursuant to Canadian privacy laws, we cannot discuss individual cases. Every case is unique and is assessed on its own merit. In accordance with Canadian law, our government is committed to submitting ea

December 1st, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, our government committed to completely revamping the Conservatives' citizenship guide because it did not accurately and completely represent Canadians. The minister is holding broader consultations with a wider range of stakeholders, including national indigenous or

December 1st, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for the question. As I said in my speech, we are working with our various partners to put an end to these predatory practices. I am sure that the case raised by the hon. member is taken very seriously by our various partners. Again, if the hon.

November 30th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. I have to say that we too are handling a lot of cases in our offices. That is exactly why we want to improve the department's client service and the application process. I am from the riding of Acadie—Bathurst. There is very l

November 30th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, it would be very easy to provide a simple yes or no answer, but I also want to add that we inherited a completely broken system from the former government. We have made a lot of progress since taking office, and I would like to list just a few of the things we have

November 30th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. We did in fact make numerous improvements to client service. For example, we simplified the application forms. Also, as my colleague mentioned, we made changes to the family reunification program, and we reduced wait times, wh

November 30th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, as I said in my speech, we have received the report and will be reviewing it carefully. We will consider the proposed recommendations. Many witnesses were heard. I will reiterate that we want to tackle the problem of unauthorized consultants. The department is commi

November 30th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for her comments. That is exactly what we want to do. We want to protect these people who are vulnerable to abuse by unauthorized consultants. The report was indeed tabled a few months ago, but it takes time to do things right. Our govern

November 30th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to take part in this important debate on the report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration entitled “Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants”. I want to thank the committee for i

November 30th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for sharing her concerns on this important issue. I also thank her for the work she is doing on this issue in committee. This is important, and I share her concerns. The excessive-demand provision is indeed an outdated policy, and my colleague

November 29th, 2017House debate

Serge CormierLiberal