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Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, could the minister tell the House if the election results are public or private? Is the ballot public or private?

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, somebody who has reached the United States of American is no longer fleeing persecution and the minister's refusal to close the loophole in the safe third country agreement completely ignores that fact. Will the minister take responsibility for allowing tens of thous

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, there is certainly one category of immigration that the minister has blown out of the water under his tenure, given that he will not close the loophole in the safe third country agreement, and that is illegal border crossers. We are on track for approximately 75,000 th

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, that sounds really good, except for the fact that those people cannot be processed because he is reallocating staff from the streams that would process those applications to illegal border crossers. I am wondering, given that the minister will not take responsibility

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, we are certainly allowing record numbers of illegal border crossers into the country this year. I am glad the minister is proud of that fact, as opposed to managing a plan for an orderly migration system. The minister talked about facts. The fact is that people who ar

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, those people will not have their claim heard for many years and it will be a long time before they are removed, costing us hundreds of millions of dollars to do so. The minister talked about investments at the border. We know that the minister has spent Canadian tax d

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, 40% of one per cent of 50,000 cases because the minister has refused to close the loophole in the safe third country agreement is not good enough. In fact, that is a perversion of Canada's asylum claim system. The loophole in the safe third country agreement needs to b

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, there certainly is one stream that has instant access into Canada for processing. Therefore, will the minister take responsibility for creating a two-tiered immigration system for Canada of preferential instant access for illegal border crossers and seven and a half ye

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, about 35,000 people have had instant access to the country and hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for many years to come into the country. Therefore, we effectively now have a two-tiered access into Canada's immigration system because the minister is refusing

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, the Liberal government has created a backlog of 108,000 for parents and grandparents. It increased wait times for parents and grandparents to 64 months, created a total immigration backlog of 830,000, and imposed a right-of-landing fee of $975 for new immigrants. How

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, it was actually under the previous Conservative government that we saw many more parents and grandparents welcomed as permanent residents to Canada. From 2006 to 2014, 171,276 parents and grandparents were admitted versus a significantly lower under the Liberal governm

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I intend to use my full time for questions. Does the minister believe that once people have reached the United States of America, they are fleeing from persecution?

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, will the minister take the Conservative Party's advice and ask the Americans to close the loophole in the safe third country agreement and concurrently explore legislation that would deem the entire Canadian border a technical official point of entry for the purposes o

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  All right, Mr. Chair, perhaps we should talk about impracticalities. Given the minister's responses, will the minister take responsibility for overflowing Toronto homeless shelters with illegal border crossers?

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, will the minister take responsibility for the women who froze to death when illegally crossing the border into Manitoba last winter or for any illegal border crossers who might injure themselves from here on in?

May 24th, 2018House debate

Michelle RempelConservative