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View Darren Fisher Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank you folks for being here with us for a couple of hours today and imparting all this wisdom. I want to thank you for the work you have been doing.
The questions that were asked here today by the committee members were all really good questions. I have to say that I've been on committee for four years, and what I'm hearing from the committee members is concern for Canadians.
Mr. Paul-Hus and Mr. Davies touched on reaction time and preparedness for repatriation.
Ms. Jeffrey, you did an excellent job outlining the complexity of this situation. You made a comment that a week ago next to no one was registered as living in that region. It is fascinating that now we're at over 300 people. Had we sent a plane this time last week, there would have been nobody to get on that plane.
Ms. Jeffrey, could you maybe outline this a little bit? You talked about visas. You talked about the lack of a consulate. You talked about some of these things, and maybe just to get them on the record you could talk about how difficult it is to find those folks and find out if they want to come home.
Ms. Kwan was asking questions about family unification—important stuff that makes this so complicated. Then there is dealing with the Chinese government, which said at the outset that if people didn't come in with a Canadian passport, they were not going home.
I wonder if you could just touch on some of those complexities. We may run out of time, and if we do, I think there is another segment coming up that is mine, but could you, just for the record, touch on some of those complexities? I think we went from two to 20 to 25.
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