On September 21st, 2017, I was honoured to be elected Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. (CIMM). Working with a great team from both sides of the House of Commons, CIMM regularly conducts crucial studies of legislation and estimates. These studies then impact the decision making of our government. As Chair of CIMM, I have led several studies on important topics such as settlement services for new Canadians, immigration to Atlantic Canada and the UN Global Compact on Migration, to name a few.
There are so many individuals and organisations in our community committed to improving settlement services for vulnerable newcomers to Canada including women, children and members of the LGBTQ community. CIMM has heard from a number of witnesses from Don Valley West. Witnesses such as Ahmed Hussein from The Neighbourhood Organization, Rosie Smythe and Diana Gibbs from New Circles, and Adeena Niazi from the Afghan Women’s Organization all contributed significantly to our committee’s work. It is an honour to support these community members and their admirable missions.
The stories that I continue to hear from numerous newcomers to Canada reinforces my belief that our country must continue its long and distinguished history of giving refuge to those who have nowhere else to turn and welcoming with open arms talented and ambitious immigrants. We need to continue to work to solve the root causes of forced migration, resolve conflicts and build reconciliation.
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