Date: 2013/04/29 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, anyone who has visited Saanich—Gulf Islands will know that it is an extraordinarily beautiful riding, but it is not known for being particularly multicultural or ethnically diverse. Therefore, I find it astonishing that 85% to 90% of the constituency cases that I have relate to immigration matters because the system has ...

Date: 2013/04/29 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I want to add my voice to that of the member for Newton—North Delta in saying that, contrary to some of the examples the parliamentary secretary brought up a moment ago, we are seeing repeatedly quite arbitrary, rapid decisions to deny family members the opportunity to come to Canada for weddings, ...

Date: 2013/04/19 -- Category/Categories: Uncategorized

On April 18th, 2013 the Committee met to continue its study of Bill C-425, Bill C-425, An act to amend the Citizenship Act (honouring the Canadian Armed Forces). The Committee heard from Special Honorary Counsel, David Matas from B’nai Brith Canada. Mr. Matas provided the Committee with 10 recommendations for Bill C-425 and whether or ...

Date: 2013/04/16 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, to my colleague from Mississauga—Streetsville, it certainly is the case that in the British Columbia example of Chinese foreign workers who were brought in for the mine, they did not speak English or French. My question relates to agriculture. I asked a farmer in my riding if he was using the ...

Date: 2013/04/16 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, there are abuses of the temporary foreign workers program. Apparently I seem to be the only party in the House that actually thinks that the whole program is wrong. I have heard the official opposition say that it does not mind the whole program and that there are ways it can ...

Date: 2013/04/16 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I am concerned about the whole concept of a temporary foreign worker program in relation to what it means for foreign workers. We do need immigration to Canada. We do need people coming from around the world to enrich our society. In the past, those people had rights. Once they were ...

Date: 2013/03/01 -- Category/Categories: Uncategorized

FEBRUARY 26TH- FEBRUARY 28th This week, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration continued studying its draft report entitled: “Standing on Guard for Thee: Ensuring that Canada’s Immigration System is Secure”. The committee agreed that the draft report, as amended, be adopted, and that the Committee append to its report dissenting and/or supplementary opinions from ...

Date: 2013/01/30 -- Category/Categories: Points of Order

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I regret that the minister who is defending a motion to end the debate in the House and move time allocation is not the minister who is the moving force to drive this to a time allocation. I would like to pay a brief moment of tribute to the Minister of ...

Date: 2013/01/29 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I do not know whether I am more offended by the fact that the hon. member for Scarborough Centre continues to attack the Liberals and the New Democrats and leaves out the Green Party, because most of these amendments were put forward by the Green Party, or that she thinks the ...

Date: 2013/01/29 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I hope I can prevail on my hon. colleague to help me get to the bottom of an earlier answer that I got from the parliamentary secretary. I think in error the parliamentary secretary misread clause 8 and thought it was a regulatory empowerment clause, which it is not. I trained ...

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