Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued a statement following the Immigration Committee of the Whole:
“Canadians know that it takes real leadership to manage Canada’s immigration system to ensure that it operates in an order, planned, and safe manner. Tough choices need to be made in the context of compassion, fairness and sustainability.
“Unfortunately, it was made crystal clear last night that not only has the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship compromised the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, he has no interest in taking responsibility and making the necessary policy decisions to solve this crisis.
“While the Prime Minister has no problem throwing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to deal with the issue of illegal border crossers, the Trudeau government has failed to make a meaningful commitment to help the world's most vulnerable.
“Last night, the Trudeau government had the opportunity to confirm that the Rainbow Refugees Assistance Program, a program that provides direct assistance to LGBTQ people fleeing persecution in Chechnya and other countries, would be made permanent. They failed to do so.
“Justin Trudeau’s inability to make the necessary policy decisions to ensure the most basic functions of our immigration system continue to work will have a lasting impact for years to come. The Trudeau government’s failure to close the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement and designate the entire border as an official point of entry means that the world’s most vulnerable, and those who want to play by the rules will be forced to wait longer.
“Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives will continue to hold Justin Trudeau accountable and advocate for an immigration system that prioritizes the world’s most vulnerable, while ensuring that those who play by the rules have a path to citizenship.”
For more information:
Office of Michelle Rempel Michelle.Rempel.A1@parl.gc.ca Phone: 613-992-4275