Immigration Announcement and WE Charity Reports – May 13, 2021
Scrums, news conferences, committees, conferences – highlights from the working day in Canadian politics. (Public affairs)
At a news conference in Ottawa, Marco Mendicino, the federal minister of immigration, refugees, and citizenship, announces that eligible family members of the victims of the March 2019 crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and the January 2020 shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 can apply for permanent residence in Canada. The new policy will be in effect until May 11, 2022. Applicants must be a relative of a victim who was a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or foreign national who was deemed eligible on their permanent residence application at the time of the disasters. The government is also expanding a policy that allows certain family members of Flight 752 victims to obtain temporary residence.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole holds a news conference in Ottawa, where he calls on the federal government to withdraw its broadcasting bill (C-10) over concerns it infringes free speech rights of social media users. He also faces questions on the federal ethics commissioner’s report on the WE Charity controversy. Commissioner Mario Dion has cleared Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of wrongdoing over the decision to give WE Charity a now-cancelled contract to administer a $900-million federal grants program for student volunteers. But the report concludes that former finance minister Bill Morneau violated the Conflict-of-Interest Act by not recusing himself from cabinet deliberations on the contract, given his relationship with WE co-founder Craig Kielburger. O’Toole says a Conservative government would introduce an anti-corruption legislation to restore Canadians’ trust in governmental institutions. The Conservative leader also faces questions on the Quebec’s government Bill 96 to recognize French as the official and common language in Quebec.
On Parliament Hill, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh comments on the federal ethics commissioner’s reports on the WE Charity contract controversy.