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Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship at a News Conference to announce changes to the Parents and Grandparents Program

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I’d like to begin by acknowledging that we are gathered on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and the Squamish Nations. And I’d also like to thank my colleagues, of course, Sukh Dhaliwal, Ken Hardie, Dan Ruimy and Randeep Sarai for joining me this morning for this really important announcement.


Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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Good morning, everyone. I want to begin by acknowledging that this event is occurring on the traditional territory of the Algonquin peoples. Two weeks ago, I was in Nigeria representing the government of Canada. I met the foreign minister of Nigeria, as well as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Interior and a number of officials, civil society, and media to talk about positive aspects of the Canadian-Nigeria immigration story, attracting more Nigerian international students, attracting more tourists, attracting more applicants under the Express Entry system and also pitching our Start-up visa program in Nigeria because there’s a lot of innovation there.


Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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Thank you, Marco, very much for that kind introduction. I just want to also acknowledge the presence of my federal colleagues here, the Honourable Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, yes, for Scarborough Centre, and Rob Oliphant, my colleague, as well as Jenny Kwan, who's my Opposition Critic and Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party.I also want to take an opportunity to thank all of you for joining us here today, especially the caregivers who are in the room today, for the services that they provide to Canadian families and to our communities. Thank you very much.


Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, at a luncheon speech to the Canadian Club Vancouver.

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Vancouver, British ColumbiaSeptember 5, 2017 Thank you very much. It's wonderful to be back in Vancouver. I was here a number of times. Well, the first time I was here as a new Immigration Minister was to promote more transit travellers to consider travelling through Vancouver Airport, and how the federal government can help with that, with respect to having a more facilitative approach towards transit travellers for select number of cities and low-risk countries. If you have a United States visa and you're travelling from certain parts of Asia and you're going through Vancouver, then we will not ask you to obtain a Canadian visa. Through that, I was able to interact with the folks here, to learn about the potential of that traffic to dramatically expand Vancouver Airport and create real economic benefits for the region.


Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship at the Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Immigration Summit

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Thank you for that kind and brief introduction. I’d like to begin by thanking all of you here for being here today, and thanking the Conference Board of Canada for helping guide national discussions on immigration with your insightful research. I’d also like to acknowledge the presence of my provincial colleagues from Quebec, New Brunswick, and Ontario. Thank you very much for attending.


Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship at a Luncheon at the Canadian Club of Toronto

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Thank you for that kind introduction. I want to start by talking about a young man who is on a journey to Canada. He is filled with conflicting emotions. One he’s thinking about the fear that engulfs him as he thinks about this new country and this new land and wondering whether people there will accept him, what are the norms there and the language and so on.


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