Ms. Barbara Greene (Don Valley North):
Mr. Speaker, on December 11, 1991, the Prime Minister signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on behalf of all Canadians. Article 9:1 reads:
States Parties shall ensure that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will, except when competent authorities subject to judicial review determine, in accordance with applicable law and procedures, that such separation is necessary for the best interest of the child.
As Canadians we all agree with the United Nations that the family is the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members, and particularly children.
I therefore urge members of this House to support my Motion No. 634 and petition to the Minister of Employment and Immigration and urge the minister to change his policy to allow spouses and children of refugees to be reunited in Canada as do the United States and France.