Question in Parliament – Deportation of Manitoba lesbian to Uganda

In the Canadian CanadaHouse of Parliament on June 4, 2014:

Mr. Randall Garrison Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP:Mr. Speaker, Winnipeg resident Joyce Nakawunde is facing imminent deportation to Uganda. Not only will the deportation separate her from her 11-year-old Canadian-born daughter, as a lesbian, she will face threats to her personal safety if she is returned to Uganda. This is not only a result of the extreme legal penalties against homosexuality in Uganda, but also specific threats to her safety from the father of her child.Will the Minister of Immigration take immediate action to stay the deportation of Ms. Nakawunde?

Hon. Chris Alexander Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, CPC:Mr. Speaker, Canada has the most generous immigration and refugee determination system in the world. It has been reformed to focus its effort on those most in need of our protection. When the recourse available to those under the law has been exhausted, we expect them to leave the country.

Ms. Hélène Laverdière Laurier—Sainte-Marie, NDP:Mr. Speaker, it is time for the Conservatives to walk the talk on LGBTT rights.Joyce Nakawunde is facing imminent deportation to Uganda, where we know homosexuals are persecuted. She has even received threats. The Conservative government promised not to deport individuals whose lives are at risk.Will the minister put a stop to this cruel and dangerous deportation?

Hon. Chris Alexander Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, CPC:Mr. Speaker, our fair and equitable immigration laws are enforced very professionally. When a person has exhausted all recourse and avenues for appeal available to everyone under our laws, we expect that person to leave the country.However, we also have ways to assess the situation in the country to which the person is being deported. That is always taken into account.

 

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