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Government Issues Committee Report; Wed., Nov. 03, 2004

(1) Peter Goldring paid a tribute in memory of Eugene Harasymiw in Parliament on Oct. 14, 2004.

(2) Examination for Discovery in the Josef Furman case took place in Edmonton on Oct. 26-28, 2004 with Eric Hafemann representing Mr. Furman and Bruce Hughson representing the Department of Justice.

(3) As Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Andrew Telegdi issued a press release (appended below) on Oct. 28, 2004 indicating the Committee’s prioritized work plan. Of the 8 items listed, the Ukrainian community would be most concerned with updating the 1977 Citizenship Act; recognition of foreign credentials; family reunification; people without legal status; and refugee issues.

(4) A press release by the PMO Press Office states:
“Prime Minister Paul Martin will address a dinner hosted by the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy on Monday, November 1, 2004 in the Confederation Room at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.”

The Canadian Jewish News reports:
“Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel, composed of up to 18 MPs, including several members of cabinet, launched its work Oct. 18, 2004 in Canada’s new minority government.”

Respectfully submitted
Will Zuzak, 2004-11-03

NEWS RELEASE | Oct. 28, 2004 | Andrew Telegdi, P.C., M.P.

Contact: Reevin Vinetsky: 613-996-7890  


OTTAWA, October 28, 2004: Hon. Andrew Telegdi, chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration today announced the following prioritized work plan that the committee intends to pursue in the fall session of Parliament.

1. Citizenship issues in the context of updating the 1977 Citizenship Act (including the “Lost Canadians” issue)

2. Recognition of the foreign experience and credentials of immigrants

3. Family reunification issues (including the family class sponsorship program, the delays in reuniting the families of refugees who have been granted Canada’s protection by the Immigration and Refugee Board, and family reunification issues arising in the context of the private sponsorship of refugees program)

4. Regularization of people in Canada without legal status

5. Refugee issues (including the delay in implementing the Refugee Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, the problems – particularly processing delays – in the private sponsorship of refugees, upcoming implementation of the Safe Third Country Agreement, Decision-making at the Immigration and Refugee Board)

6. Members concerns about the burden placed on their constituency offices with respect to immigration and refugee issues

7. The security certificate process

8. Deportation of Young Offenders

On the occasion of the announcement, Telegdi said:“I am very pleased with the choices the committee made regarding the specific issues they have decided to address as well as their order of priority. We have a formidable task ahead of us, but I am confident that we will meet the challenge.”


Rachelle Cyr-Kelderman
Bureau de l'honorable Andrew Telegdi, P.C., M.P.
tel: 996-5928
fax: 996-6251

[W.Z. It appears that the new Citizenship of Canada Act will not be tabled in Parliament until early 2005. Bill S-2 of Senator Kinsella concerns the "Lost Canadians" issue, which is to be discussed during CIMM meeting #7 on Nov. 04, 2004.]