"Once in a Lifetime" Bill

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to rise in the House today to introduce my Bill. I believe it will help reunite families in Canada. The Bill, called "once in a lifetime", would, simply put, allow someone to sponsor a relative to come to Canada who otherwise would not qualify under the immigration family class rules.

I know in Vancouver East and across the country there are many families desperate to reunite with a family member. The Bill would allow them to do that in a reasonable and compassionate way.

I truly hope that Members of all parties will support the Bill to strengthen our multicultural diversity in Canada and to support families.

This Statement in the House of Parliament was posted on May 13, 2003