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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, everyone who comes into this country is subject to vigorous background screening. The information in this case was not available to the IRB when it made the decision, but the man in question has been in custody since June. He is currently being held pending detention

December 13th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the fact is that we have been working diligently to uphold Canadian law for everyone who comes to our border, regardless of how people come to this country seeking asylum, to ensure that our laws are applied. We also take very strict measures to ensure that the safe

December 10th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Transportation  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Laurentides—Labelle for the outstanding work he and his entire office perform with Operation Red Nose. Tragically, impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of injury and death in Canada and yet it is very clear that

December 7th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Madam Speaker, as the member ought to know, the safe third country agreement is a bilateral agreement between ourselves and the United States. There have been ongoing discussions between our two governments with respect to improving and enhancing the existing agreement. While tho

December 7th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Madam Speaker, I would simply point out that there is a global migration of literally tens of millions of people, who are fleeing war and persecution around the world, and every country is being impacted by this. In addition, the suggestion that a tweet has impacted an internat

December 7th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Madam Speaker, I will tell the member what we will not do. We will not do what the Conservatives did during their tenure when 230,000 people came to this country seeking asylum. What did they do? They cut the budget of the CBSA and the budgets of those agencies and departments

December 7th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Federal Sustainable Development Act  moved: That a Message be sent to the Senate to acquaint Their Honours that, in relation to Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act, the House: agrees with amendments 1 and 3 made by the Senate; respectfully disagrees with amendment 2 because th

December 6th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Border Security  Mr. Speaker, Canada has a long and proud tradition of providing protection to those who need it most by providing refuge to the world's most vulnerable people. The suggestion that the global migration of tens of millions of people fleeing persecution is the result of a tweet is k

November 29th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Border Security  I will take this opportunity to clarify a misconception promulgated by the member opposite. Mr. Speaker, those who are seeking asylum in this country, who have asked for the protection of Canada, are processed through an entirely separate system than those who are waiting in oth

November 29th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Border Security  Mr. Speaker, for all the rhetoric and hysteria that is now emerging about irregular migration, it is important to understand who these people are. For example, nearly 40% of the people who have presented themselves at our borders seeking asylum are children. Canada's response is

November 29th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Border Security  Mr. Speaker, after several years of significant cuts to both staffing and funding for the agencies responsible for managing this, the CBSA, IRCC and IRB, we are restoring the capacity of those institutions, agencies and departments to deal with this issue. The plan is working. As

November 29th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Criminal Code  moved that Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the third time and passed.

November 28th, 2018House debate

Bill Blair

Public Safety committee  I've spoken to chiefs of police in other jurisdictions—

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Bill Blair

Public Safety committee  Ms. Harder, congratulations. That's a remarkable stretch of credibility and logic in your thinking.

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Bill Blair

Public Safety committee  What I was talking about—

November 27th, 2018Committee meeting

Bill Blair