Liberal plan on deportations looks just like Conservative plan

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February 9, 2016 

LIBERAL PLAN ON DEPORTATIONS LOOKS JUST LIKE CONSERVATIVE PLAN 

OTTAWA - The NDP called out the Liberal government’s approach on deportations for Haitians and Zimbabweans living in Canada as being identical to the Conservatives’ plan and doomed to fail unless families are given more time to submit permanent residence applications and supporting agencies are given more resources. 

“During the campaign, the Liberals promised that families who have lived here for years would get to stay but the new Liberal government’s plan on deportations looks just like the Conservative plan,” said Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East), NDP critic for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. “We’ve already seen that six months is not enough time to pull together complicated applications and mistakes are being made that could end up putting lives at risk.” 

On December 10, Minister John McCallum promised that the Liberal government would “normalize the situation of the people concerned.” However, last week the government announced that families and individuals would have only six months to submit an application on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.  

The Liberal government has also not provided any clarity as to what will happen to individuals already facing deportation orders – some of them due to mistakes in the previous round of applications. 

“People have been living in great uncertainty and fear for the past year,” said Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Saint-Hubert).  “This Liberal announcement does nothing to reassure them nor does it reassure the communities that have welcomed them.” 

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