Ahmed HUSSEN

HUSSEN, Ahmed

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
York South--Weston (Ontario)
Birth Date
January 1, 1976
Website
http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/ProfileMP.aspx?Key=215966&Language=E
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e321e85f-f1c1-4482-bf16-f640eb41e9f9&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
Ahmed.Hussen@parl.gc.ca
Profession
lawyer, political assistant, social activist

Parliamentary Career

October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  York South--Weston (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 73)


June 4, 2019

Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, let me correct the record with respect to the Conservatives' record on the parent and grandparent program: a backlog of over 167,000 cases, a six to 18 year wait time to sponsor loved ones. They mismanaged the program so badly that it went off the rails for two years.

We have eliminated the backlog and we have reduced the wait times to under two years. So they do not forget, this is exactly what the Conservatives said about this program, a party that now pretends to care about family reunification—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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June 4, 2019

Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this is what the Conservative Party recently said about the parent and grandparent program. The party describes this program as a “burden” on the federal government in terms of support as well as a drain on provinces. The party that pretends to care about family reunification is at the same time trying to describe parents and grandparents as a drain on Canada, as a drain on provinces.

We are the party that cares about family reunification, not the Conservative Party of Canada.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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June 4, 2019

Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Canada and Cuba have long enjoyed a special relationship. Immigration plays a key role in preserving the strong ties that unite the people of our two nations.

However, as a government, we have a unique responsibility to protect the health and safety of all our employees. Cuban nationals seeking to apply for travel documents to Canada will continue to have access to services online, and Canadians and permanent residents will continue to be able to submit documents directly to our embassy in Cuba.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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June 3, 2019

Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, they know that our government is the one fighting for family reunification.

We have cleaned up the system. We had over 167,000 cases and eight-year wait times for families to be reunited. We have listened to communities, which have asked us to increase the number of spaces from 5,000 to 10,000 and then ultimately to 20,000 spaces. We have cut the wait times to under two years and we will continue to work on this file, because for us on this side of the House, family reunification is a number one priority.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Citizenship and Immigration
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June 3, 2019

Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, they know that our government is the one fighting for family reunification.

At the end of the day, we will continue to consult with Canadians. We listen carefully to how we can continue to improve the system.

The fact is that we have four times more spaces available for Canadians and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents. We worked with the community to ensure that any tweaks needed in the system were considered. We have cut the wait times to below two years, and we will continue to work hard to reunite more families than ever before.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Citizenship and Immigration
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