John MCCALLUM

MCCALLUM, The Hon. John, P.C., B.A., Ph.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Markham--Thornhill (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 9, 1950
Website
http://johnmccallum.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=826dc268-dbda-48fa-ae4a-eefebd5716e1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
john.mccallum@parl.gc.ca
Profession
author, economist, professor

Parliamentary Career

November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Markham (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (September 13, 2001 - January 14, 2002)
  • Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions) (January 15, 2002 - May 25, 2002)
  • Minister of National Defence (May 26, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Markham--Unionville (Ontario)
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Minister of National Revenue (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of Natural Resources (September 26, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of National Revenue and Acting Minister of Natural Resources (September 26, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Markham--Unionville (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Revenue (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of Natural Resources (September 26, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of National Revenue and Acting Minister of Natural Resources (September 26, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Markham--Unionville (Ontario)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
LIB
  Markham--Unionville (Ontario)
October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  Markham--Thornhill (Ontario)
  • Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (November 4, 2015 - )

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 466)


December 8, 2016

Hon. John McCallum (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we have been working with the provinces to plan this since day one, and the settlement agencies and many Canadians. As I have said, this is a long-term investment.

Somewhat less than half of the refugees currently have full-time employment, but 90% of the government-assisted refugees are in language training, and many of them are making terrific progress toward gainful employment.

This will be a successful long-term investment for Canada, and the children always do extremely well.

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Subtopic:   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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December 8, 2016

Hon. John McCallum (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, in terms of funding, the hon. member should know that just recently, last month, we initiated $18.5 million of additional funding, half of which is going to language training and half of which is going to settlement areas.

The member should also know that this is a long-term investment. When refugees come from a terrible civil war without language or education, it takes a while for them to become fully operating Canadians.

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Subtopic:   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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December 6, 2016

Hon. John McCallum (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her question and also for her good work in this area.

When one is welcoming refugees to Canada, there is nothing more important than to teach them English or French, especially in the case of Syrian refugees, who typically speak not a word of either language, so we have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to this enterprise. Just last month we invested an additional $18 million for language training and settlement, of which $3.2 million is going to go to British Columbia. We have recently, since April, created 7,000 new language spaces, so we are working very hard on--

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Subtopic:   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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December 1, 2016

Hon. John McCallum (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Why do I not have a job? I think I do have job.

Mr. Speaker, as I just said, there are many benefits coming from this accord. As in any undertaking, there are risks. We are working very carefully and strongly with the Government of Mexico to manage those risks in a responsible way.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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December 1, 2016

Hon. John McCallum (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am particularly grateful to my colleague for her question today, because it gives me the opportunity to announce the very good news that it is today that we are lifting the Mexico visa.

This is good news for the Canadian tourist industry. It will create many jobs. It is definitely good news for our beef farmers who will be able to export their wonderful product to Mexico.

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Subtopic:   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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