Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):
Mr. Speaker, I would hope that the minister, instead of just rubber stamping the previous opinions of local officials, which is what happened last week, would re-evaluate cases according to these new guidelines.
For Canada to deport women back to countries where they and their children face discrimination, depravation and danger is both cruel and inhumane. Why will the minister not use his ministerial powers and discretion to allow women like Amina Mohamed and these 34 other women who face gender discrimination to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds? Why will he not do this?