February 12 – February 16, 2018
Protest in Iran
MP O’Toole (Durham) raised the issue of the Prime Minister’s silence regarding the death of a Canadian professor, Seyed-Emami, in an Iranian prison on the weekend and regarding the protest in Iran which Amnesty International confirmed led thousands to be imprisoned. Prime Minister Trudeau stated that the government has clearly stated their desire for an independent investigation into the death of Seyed-Emami. MP Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan) called for the Prime Minister to fully support the cause of the protesters. Prime Minister Trudeau stated that the government is deeply troubled by the deaths and detentions of protesters during protests in Iran and said Canada rallied more countries than ever before at the United Nations in November on a resolution calling on Iran to comply with its international human rights obligations.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
MP Andrew Scheer (Regina – Qu’Appelle), spoke about how Italian and Greek immigrants have become an integral part of Canada. MP Scheer continued by classifying these refugees as legitimate. Furthermore, MP Scheer asked why, returning Daesh fighters, are being granted refugee status. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, replied by assuring MP Scheer that Canada can tell the difference between legitimate asylum seekers and returning Daesh fighters. In addition, Minister Hussen stated that Canada is a compassionate country that is providing protection to Yazidi women and girls in Canada. Minister Hussen brought up the fact that the current government has almost quadrupled the number of privately sponsored refugees entering Canada and has restored refugee health care which was cut by the previous government.