April 3, 1987 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Jean-Robert Gauthier (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)


Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier):

Mr. Speaker, today I should like to speak on behalf of some of my constituents who have expressed concern about the inordinate amount of time it takes to obtain Canadian citizenship.
I am told that under normal circumstances the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Canadian Security Intelligence Service need three months to file an investigation report.
This sounds like a long delay, but in some cases the authorities do need time to do their work. Well, Mr. Speaker, it would seem that of late these delays have been as long as eight months, and this is unacceptable.
For example, Mr. Georges Tymowski wrote to me recently to inform me that, although he signed his application on June 16, 1986, he is still waiting for the results of the security investigation to complete the process. Mr. Ahmad Awale is another applicant who has been waiting for a long time for the completion of the investigation.
This is an unacceptable situation, Mr. Speaker, because it is prejudicial to people who need access to certain Government services such as passports.
I hope the Government is aware of the problem and will take every measure required to redress the situation.

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