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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 108
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 11:01 a.m. to 12:59 p.m.
Presiding
Robert Oliphant, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Madalina Chesoi, Acting Analyst
Department of Citizenship and Immigration
• Louis Dumas, Director General, Domestic Network, Operations
• Mike MacDonald, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy
Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
• Patrick Tanguy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Government Operations Centre, Emergency Management and Programs Branch
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
• Gilles Michaud, Deputy Commissioner, Federal Policing
• Jamie Solesme, Superintendent, Federal Policing, Criminal Operations
Canada Border Services Agency
• Jacques Cloutier, Vice-President, Operations Branch
Immigration and Refugee Board
• Shereen Benzvy Miller, Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Protection Division
• Greg Kipling, Director General, Policy, Planning and Corporate Affairs Branch
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Committee resumed a briefing on the issue of asylum seekers irregularly entering Canada from the United States.

Mike MacDonald, Patrick Tanguy, Gilles Michaud, Jacques Cloutier and Shereen Benzvy Miller made statements and, with Jamie Solesme, answered questions.

Motion

Michelle Rempel moved, — That the Department of Citizenship and Immigration table with the Committee, before the end of this week, the number of asylum claimants that were made by people entering Canada through non-official points of entry in the month of April 2018.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Gary Anandasangaree moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “before the end of this week” with the words “by Friday, May 11, 2018”.

The question was put on the amendment of Gary Anandasangaree and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 3.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Department of Citizenship and Immigration table with the Committee, by Friday, May 11, 2018, the number of asylum claimants that were made by people entering Canada through non-official points of entry in the month of April 2018.

Motion

Michelle Rempel moved, — That the Department of Citizenship and Immigration table with the Committee, for the remainder of this year, the previous month's number of people entering Canada, through non-official points of entry who claim asylum, not later than the 5th of the month succeeding the data.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Leona Alleslev moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “5th of the month” with the words “15th of the month”.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the amendment of Leona Alleslev and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 4.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 0.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Department of Citizenship and Immigration table with the Committee, for the remainder of this year, the previous month's number of people entering Canada, through non-official points of entry who claim asylum, not later than the 15th of the month succeeding the data.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 12:26 p.m., Michel Rempel took the Chair.

At 12:31 p.m., Robert Oliphant took the Chair.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That Luc Thériault be allowed to question the witnesses.

Nick Whalen gave notice of the following motion:

That the Committee undertake a study of migration challenges and opportunities for Canada in the 21st Century; that the Committee start this study with four meetings in preparation for the previously approved Committee travel to Tanzania and Uganda; that the witnesses for these meetings be suggested by the analysts; following the Committee travel, make a further decision about further meetings for the study.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That the Committee undertake a study of migration challenges and opportunities for Canada in the 21st Century; that the Committee request that the analysts prepare briefing notes and recommend witnesses in preparation for the Committee travel to Tanzania and Uganda.

At 12:59 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Evelyn Lukyniuk
Clerk of the Committee