2nd Session, 41st Parliament,
Volume 149, Issue 152

Monday, June 15, 2015
The Honourable Leo Housakos, Speaker

Citizenship and Immigration

Deportation of Burundi Nationals

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate and it has to do with the situation that is happening in Burundi at the moment. As we know, Burundi is a country of La Francophonie and Canada has a great relationship with Burundi. At the moment, Burundi is suffering terrible atrocities with their president insisting on running for a further term.

I would like to ask the question: What are we doing to the people that we are going to be deporting to Burundi? Are we going to stop that deportation as is our convention?


Hon. Claude Carignan (Leader of the Government): Senator, as you know, our government keeps a close eye on countries in crisis and their stability. If there are risks to the safety of individuals should they be deported to their home country, the risk level is always taken into account to ensure that people who are already in difficult situations are not placed in even more dangerous situations.


Senator Jaffer: Thank you for your answer. I completely respect the fact that you may not know about this. May I please ask you to find out if we are stopping the deportation of people from Canada to Burundi while this conflict lasts?


Senator Carignan: We are concerned about what is happening in Burundi, and we will continue to keep a close eye on the situation while working with our humanitarian partners on the ground.


One Response to June 15 2015 Deportation of Burundi Nationals

  1. Jean Claude says:

    Thank you Senator Mobina Jaffer. I would like to express my gratitude to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Hon. Claude Corignan. I appreciate the question asked as to what the government is going to do with Burundi Nationals that are being deported, but I also have a question of families of Canadians or PR of Canada who are in Burundi and whose applications for PR are stuck in the Visa Office in Nairobi? These families are a war zone and believe me if you are a mother and have your children in Burundi where they the police and militia shoot in-distinctively to the unarmed and peaceful population, you won’t be sleeping and waking up and dress up in the morning and show up in a good mood to work. The Canadian High Commission in Nairobi is reputed on the continent and even in Canada ( I was told by an immigration lawyer ) for being the slowest in processing cases. Does this honor our country? Thank you.

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