Mr. Scott Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, there is no doubt in my mind that the point that is germane to this debate, which the hon. member made on several occasions, is about protecting security and the borders of which we are a sovereign nation. I have no issue with that whatsoever, for reasons that are obvious, as we all do.
The hon. member has put a lot of thought into this, but how does he envision this being enacted as far as enforcement is concerned?
On the east coast where I come from, fisheries policy is major, but it is not just about the legislation. The enforcement is more important.
In the case we had, which was really just the beginning, 152 Tamils showed up on the shores of Newfoundland back in 1986. This is a prime example of why we have to stop it. Ever since then, we have been dealing with situation after situation.
What would the member do to stop that at source? What does he envision to stop these smugglers from perceivably getting away with what they are doing and to make sure they do not make a profit from smuggling vulnerable people?
Subtopic: Preventing Human Smugglers From Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act