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View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-20 15:33
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We have quorum, and I call to order meeting number two of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration for committee business. We don't have a gavel today, so I will just be speaking.
I request that all individuals present in this room please follow the public health advice to wear a mask and follow physical distancing. If you are sitting in your chair, you can take it off, but if you go out or walk around, please wear a mask. We all have to follow this protocol.
This is a hybrid meeting. Some members are present here in the parliamentary precinct and other members are appearing remotely.
I want to remind all members to please speak at a pace slow enough for the interpreters to keep up. At the last meeting, we had problems with interpretation, so in order to give the interpreters the time they need to translate, do not speak over one another.
The clerk is attending virtually and is tracking raised hands and keeping a list.
Pursuant to the order adopted by the House on September 23, all questions shall be decided by a recorded vote, except for those decided unanimously or on division. All votes will be recorded.
The meeting is being broadcast and is available on ParlVU.
With regard to the calendar, the clerk has just distributed a calendar with possible meetings. The meeting schedule is determined by the whips of all the parties, so based on the present situation, we will have meeting number three on October 27.
As of the week of November 2, there can be two meetings or one meeting per week. That will be based on what the whips agree on, so after today's meeting, there can be 10 meetings if we have two meetings after next week, or we could have six meetings. Based on that, we will develop our calendar.
In addition to that, I just want to let everyone know that if we decide on a study to be undertaken, for everyone's information, the distribution of witnesses is based on the proportion of committee members, so that will be based on the seats we have: 50% Liberal, 30% Conservative, 10% Bloc and 10% NDP.
If the committee agrees to commence a study, then let us please make sure that all the parties submit their witness lists to the clerk, including witnesses' contact information and the order of priority, not later than 4 p.m. on Monday, October 26, providing that the clerk contacts Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to send officials to appear on Tuesday, October 27, if we start the meetings.
All witnesses we decide on will appear remotely. No witnesses can be here in person.
I also want to remind members that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has offered to appear remotely and to provide the committee with a briefing session on the department's mandate and activities. It is up to the will of all members if they want to have a complete meeting for that. The other option, if everyone agrees, is to have an informal meeting, which can be arranged based on everyone's availability. It will be up to members to make a decision.
Going back now to where we left off at the time of adjournment of the last meeting, the committee was debating the motion of Ms. Dancho to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the immigration system, and the amendment of Mr. Dhaliwal to amend the motion in paragraph 1. The text of the motion and the amendment were published in the minutes of meeting number one.
These are some of the things I wanted to remind members of. Now I will open the floor for the meeting today.
Go ahead, Mr. Dhaliwal.
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View Sukh Dhaliwal Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Sukh Dhaliwal Profile
2020-10-20 15:38
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Thank you, Madam Chair.
Madam Chair, I see that the Conservative Party motion is on the floor and my amendment is on the floor, so I would like to move to withdraw my amendment to the CPC motion.
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View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-20 15:39
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Thank you, Mr. Dhaliwal.
I would need unanimous consent. Do I have unanimous consent regarding Mr. Dhaliwal's proposal to withdraw his amendment?
There are no objections. Okay.
(Amendment withdrawn)
The Chair: Thank you. The amendment by Mr. Dhaliwal is withdrawn.
Mr. Dhaliwal, you wanted to say something?
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View Sukh Dhaliwal Profile
Lib. (BC)
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2020-10-20 15:39
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Yes. Are we now going to back to the original motion?
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View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Salma Zahid Profile
2020-10-20 15:40
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Yes, thank you, we are back on the motion that was proposed by Ms. Dancho.
We will go to Ms. Martinez Ferrada.
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View Soraya Martinez Ferrada Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-20 15:40
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Thank you, Madam Chair.
I know the committee will have other discussions that will strike a chord with all members, so I move that debate on the Conservatives' motion be adjourned.
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View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-20 15:40
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Ms. Martinez Ferrada has proposed to adjourn the debate.
Clerk, do we have to go to a recorded vote?
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Leif-Erik Aune
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Leif-Erik Aune
2020-10-20 15:40
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We need to have a recorded vote unless the motion to adjourn the debate is agreed to unanimously or on division.
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View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-20 15:41
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Do we have unanimous consent to adjourn debate on Ms. Dancho's motion?
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: We have unanimous consent to adjourn the debate on Ms. Dancho's motion, so the debate on that motion is adjourned.
Ms. Kwan is next.
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View Jenny Kwan Profile
NDP (BC)
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2020-10-20 15:41
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Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I'd like to move the motion that is in my name. Notice has been given to committee members. It is:
That the Committee invite the Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship and department officials for 2 hours to provide a briefing to committee members on the impact of the pandemic on Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship staffing levels and the ability to process all immigration and refugee streams locally and abroad.
Madam Chair, this motion calls for the officials and the minister to come before committee for a total of two hours, so that would mean one hour for the minister and one hour for the officials.
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View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-20 15:42
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Thank you, Ms. Kwan.
Ms. Kwan has proposed her motion.
Go ahead, Mr. Regan.
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View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
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2020-10-20 15:42
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Madam Chair, I just want to say that my experience has been generally that we see ministers at committees about twice a year. However, the government does know how important it is for ministers to be accountable and to discuss the files that are before them. Of course, the government has made a number of changes to make sure Canadians are safe during this period, but also it's important for us to hear about these issues as they relate to immigration, so I intend to support this motion.
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View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-20 15:43
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Ms. Dancho is next.
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View Raquel Dancho Profile
CPC (MB)
View Raquel Dancho Profile
2020-10-20 15:43
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Thank you, Madam Chair.
I agree with MP Regan. Jenny Kwan's motion is excellent.
Given the pandemic and this once-in-a-century health and economic crisis, I think it's very important that we have the minister of immigration come to committee as soon as possible to give the immigration committee an update on the state of immigration, the many streams and, as the member has outlined in her motion, the ability to process all immigration and refugee streams locally and abroad.
I very much support Ms. Kwan's motion.
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View Salma Zahid Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-20 15:43
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Thank you.
Mr. Serré is next.
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