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Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, I will spend my time responding to the first part of the member's statement. I echo the sentiment that we appreciate the work of the CBSA. However, it is completely unfair and ridiculous to basically foist the responsibility of the House to deal with a problem that h

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, I would make the assumption that people choosing of their own volition to enter Canada, taking a risk that certainly they are not recognized under any sort of official immigration stream, are entering a country that at some point is going to be interested in their ex

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, it is always a pleasure to rise in this place. This is my first time rising in debate since we resumed sitting here in the fall, outside of question period, of course. I think this is a very important bill. It was introduced in response to ongoing action by the for

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals have admitted that a record 40,000 people will make asylum claims to Canada this year. Many of these claims will be made by people illegally crossing the U.S.-Canada border and many of them will be found to be invalid. News reports show that the cost of

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, first, the safe third country agreement acknowledges that we should not allow border shopping between the U.S. and Canada. Second, the minister does not acknowledge the fact that the IRB is not processing claims in a timely manner, and this is going to cost Canadia

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, when speaking at the United Nations General Assembly last week, the Prime Minister had an opportunity to lay out a plan for Canada's leadership on the global stage. He could have asked the UN to appoint a humanitarian coordinator for the Venezuelan situation to ad

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to federal funding for the rental or lease of the giant yellow inflatable duck as part of the Ontario 150 Tour: (a) how much funding has been committed to the Ontario 150 Tour since January 1, 2016; (b) of the funding committed to the Ontario 150 Tour, since January 1

September 18th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, Conservatives fully support many aspects of this report, including the recommendation for regular funding of the rainbow assistance program, which was started under the former Conservative government. There are other requests of the government, as noted in the dissen

June 20th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the government's rush to process Syrian refugees has resulted in a backlog of almost 45,000 privately sponsored refugees. This means that many of the world's most persecuted—including Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and LGBTQ+, many of whom are internally displaced and c

June 20th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

World Refugee Day  Mr. Speaker, today is World Refugee Day, and on behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, I call upon the Liberals to immediately develop a fully costed, transparent, sustainable plan to provide integration support for refugees, and in doing so, to stop simply offloading costs

June 20th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, that is a lot of words that say that the minister is refusing to enforce the law. Why can she not just stand up and say, “I am refusing to enforce the law here”, and does she realize that, as a result of her negligence, band members are having to go to court to get i

June 19th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Citizenship and Immigration  Mr. Speaker, an explosive report shows that in the last 18 months Canada has seen a massive spike in asylum claims that will cost taxpayers a staggering $2.97 billion in welfare payments that have not been budgeted for. By doing things like lifting the Mexican visa requirement, a

June 15th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, for those listening, I would like to remind people that my colleague opposite holds a government appointment. He is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. He should be able to answer this very simple question, which I pu

June 14th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, I rise in debate tonight to follow up with a question that I raised some months ago with regard to ongoing and sustained support around refugees coming to Canada, and the government's plan to be transparent about that. Today, given that it is Pride Month, I think it

June 14th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Citizenship Act  Mr. Speaker, the point I was trying to make is that this needs more study to answer that very question. I really want to reinforce for the House that I believe there were grounds for appeal of the Federal Court ruling, which now has us in this predicament. To my colleague's poi

June 12th, 2017House debate

Michelle RempelConservative