Foreign Affairs – May 16, 2012

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Foreign Affairs – May 16, 2012

Appearances: Sharon Chomya, Peter Hill, Geoff Leckey, David Manicom, Paul Davidson, Marie-Joseé Fortin

The committee continues its study of political and economic developments in Brazil and their implications for Canadian policy and interests in the region.

Sharon Chomya and David Manicom (officials from Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and Peter Hill and Geoff Leckey (officials from the Canadian Border Services Agency) appear before the committee, discussing Brazilian immigration to Canada and proposals for improving the visa application process.

Later, Paul Davidson (the president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) and Marie-Joseé Fortin (the director of international partnership at the Association of Canadian Community Colleges) discuss Brazilian and international post-secondary students who are studying in Canada.

A number of senators participate in the discussions, including Raynell Andreychuk (the chair of the committee), David P. Smith (Liberal), Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis (Conservative), Pierre De Bané (Liberal), and Pierre Claude Nolin (Conservative).