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View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I appreciate the comments from my colleagues, but don't think it's up to us to decide precisely what subjects will be addressed by the minister. The decision is his. I'm somewhat surprised by what my colleagues said.
I was proud to see that the minister wanted to make himself available to command see us. We don't know exactly what his future schedule looks like, but I took a great deal of pride in learning that the minister was committed to coming here to talk to us about matters of interest to all of us, including the immigration plan. I think that's very generous of him. I just wanted to make sure people understood that.
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Lib. (ON)
I'd like to begin by thanking all the witnesses for being here.
On behalf of our entire group, I'd like something clarified.
Mr. Wex, I believe you mentioned 50,000 people. Who are these people? Is that only those who cross at Roxham Road or everyone who requests asylum in Canada?
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Lib. (ON)
Just for clarification, Mr. Wex, are these numbers for all asylum seekers within Canada?
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Lib. (ON)
I appreciate that actually, because that is very relevant to what we were talking about.
To continue, you are responsible for granting status for refugee claimants who arrive in Canada and make an asylum claim. As such, can you tell the committee how the IRB has modernized and innovated its responsibilities to refugee claimants who have crossed at Roxham Road since the pandemic, please? Did you encounter any setbacks during this time?
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Lib. (ON)
I'm very sorry we have to do this in front of our witnesses, because we're anxiously waiting, but I wanted to know if my honourable colleague would be receptive to this. I would like, Madam Chair, to move an amendment that instead of five days, it will be 20 days.
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Lib. (ON)
I apologize.
I propose that, instead of it being the fifth day of the month, it be the 20th day of the month.
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Lib. (ON)
As we've discussed with some members, the 5th of the month is maybe premature. Not that we have anything.... It is already online, as you know. By the time everything gets to be aggregated, it's a collection of information from another department, as the member very much knows. CBSA also works.... It's not just IRCC.
What we're asking for is a very reasonable approach, just to say that instead of on the 5th day of the month, it would be the 20th, so the department, in consultation with their other ministries, would have a chance to ensure the information that is posted online is relevant, but also factually well informed.
Actually, we're looking forward to it, because it's already online, but we would like to present a friendly amendment, therefore allowing the ministry to look with all the other ministries to aggregate that data on the 20th of the month. It would just make a best practice.
Thank you.
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Lib. (ON)
For the record and factual information, that information is collected by three departments. It is already online and posted on the 20th of every month. What you're asking for is the 5th, and what you're saying is that you're okay that we, as a government, and you, as a member of Parliament, are aware that we may post information—because of the length of the information we need to gather—that will be wrong. I'm sorry, but I don't think that's the kind of government Canadians want to see.
With all due respect, what we're asking for is a friendly amendment, as the information is already widely available. In Mr. Maguire's motion, I'm asking for consideration for our hard-at-work public servants, who will need, from three departments, to collect, aggregate that data and then make sure that it's posted for all of us to see.
I don't think it was wrong for me to ask for this amendment in terms of making sure that the information is factually relevant.
We have to make sure that information is relevant, but also verified.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I too would like to thank each and every one of the witnesses here with us, whether in person or via Zoom.
My question is mainly for the representatives of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada.
I feel very strongly about the francophonie. Thank you for being there and always responding to the call and defending it when you're asked to come and testify.
We are mainly studying the backlogs and the processing delays. We're looking for solutions and for ideas about what the government could contribute.
I should perhaps put things in perspective. Moreover, I believe one of my colleagues referred to it. In 2017, under the Express Entry program, additional points were assigned to immigrants who were very proficient in French.
In connection with the subject we are studying, would mechanisms like that help to reduce the time it takes to welcome applicants from francophone countries, and perhaps even more applicants, to Canada?
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Lib. (ON)
I totally agree with you that we need to increase our processing capacity. Although efforts were made during the pandemic, under rather unusual conditions, we need solutions that specifically target francophones.
What suggestions do you have for the committee?
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Lib. (ON)
First, I want to say thank you to all our witnesses who are in person or on Zoom today. I really appreciate your time and your presentations.
I'll start with Mrs. Roman for my first questions. I'll reflect on something that happened in previous testimony, and I want your impression on this. We heard from a witness during the committee that Canada should withdraw from its UNHCR commitment to aid only privately sponsored refugees. In your opinion, what damage would this do to the overall perspective of helping individuals here who are the most vulnerable in our world?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much for that answer, and thank you for the clarification for us. I think it's most important for our government to help the most vulnerable individuals.
You referred in your testimony to wanting to talk to us about GARs and refugee claimants. You did open the door to certain solutions. You mentioned future innovations, and that's certainly something that's top of mind for the government and certainly the ministry. We know the paper aspect was definitely very difficult during the pandemic, so we are modernizing it.
I'm interested to know more about the better system interlink that you were.... Could you just explore a bit more in that sense with us? That's very interesting.
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Lib. (ON)
Ms. Long, I'm so sorry. I would like also to hear from Ms. Roman, if you don't mind.
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Lib. (ON)
We appreciate every witness. Maybe allow Ms. Roman, based on her testimony, to refer back.
Thank you.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you for that.
I would say, you know—
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