October 14, 1983 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

John Horton McDermid

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John McDermid (Brampton-Georgetown):

Madam Speaker, I want to follow up on the questions put by the Hon. Member for Sarnia-Lambton regarding the position of a Member of Parliament who applies anonymously on behalf of an illegal immigrant. If the illegal immigrant is turned down, what is the position of the Member of Parliament regarding his oath to uphold the laws of Canada? Must he report that person, then, to the Immigration Department as an illegal? Has the Minister had a report from the Department of Justice on the position of a Member of Parliament in that particular case?
May I finally ask him why he appointed his Parliamentary Secretary to be the chairman of the committee which decides which illegal immigrants are allowed landed immigrant status and which are not? Why was it not left with the bureaucracy? Why does he bring politics into it now?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS-RESPONSIBILITY OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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