Parliament for 2013
Richmond Electoral District
On April 20, 2009, Private Members’ Bill C-291 (An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (coming into force of sections 110, 111 and 171) was debated in Parliament. The following is a transcript of the debate:
Mr. Speaker, once again, I would like to state the government’s opposition to Bill C-291, the bill that seeks to establish the refugee appeal division.
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One Response to “Improving the efficiency of our refugee system”
September 11th, 2009 at 2:56 pm
As a Canadian citizen born in Canada, I am honestly getting tired of having to support these refugee claimants that are not “true” claimants.
Why do Canadian taxpayers have to fund these individuals and families? Why don’t they have to pay it back if they are denied status?
It’s simply not fair to us hard working Canadians that currently, can hardly survive ourselves (due partially to the economic times).
A majority of refugee claimants get subsidized housing before our own homeless. Most live in shelters, at taxpayers cost and then get subsidized housing, at taxpayers cost. What about the Canadian born homeless people? When do they get housing?…it seems they get it after all the immigrants/refugee claimants.
I think that until they are actually given refugee status, the claimants should be housed and given a room and board situation paid for by the federal money, not by individual provinces.
Immigration is a federal issue, so why are the provinces left to fund them?
We are putting the cart before the horse by having “claimants” get all health care, subsidized housing, welfare etc. We don’t even know if they are true refugees yet.
It’s very frustrating. And if they are to be deported, can you really ever find them? Living illegally here (or in the US) does not seem to be that hard. I know of cases that have lived in the US for up to 18 years illegally, are now getting caught…and guess what…they are at Canada’s doorstep claiming to be refugees. And of course, Canada lets them in and right to the welfare office they go.
It’s frustrating. I am losing my faith in Canada, I see it more as a dumping ground at times.
Let’s have a pay back system or something in place to make our immigration system more fair.
Let’s not forget those of us that were born in this country.
The party that gets my vote in the next election will be the party that tightens up our immigration system more. The visa requirements recently implemented is not enough.