IN THE HOUSE ~ Why will the minister not accept the facts and end his heartless attacks on refugees, and families and children?

M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, parlons d'une autre valeur canadienne.

    Je n'en crois pas mes oreilles quand j'entends le ministre de la Citoyenneté et de l’Immigration nous dire qu'il n'est pas dans les valeurs canadiennes d'offrir des soins de santé aux plus vulnérables, comme aux enfants.

    En 1986, le Canada a reçu la distinction Nansen, décernée par les Nations Unies, qui soulignait la contribution importante du peuple canadien à la cause des réfugiés.

    Comment le ministre peut-il expliquer qu'on soit passé d'un pays cité en exemple à un pays qui s'en prend aux réfugiés à cause de ce gouvernement?

    Hon. Chris Alexander (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, CPC): Mr. Speaker, our government's commitment, Canada's commitment, to the most vulnerable remains clear. We continue to resettle 1 in 10 refugees worldwide to find a new home every year. Our commitment to maternal, newborn and children's health, and the leadership of this Prime Minister is second to none, and second to none in history.

    What remains scandalous is that the member's party, and it is only the NDP this week, is asking for generous health care, health care that goes beyond what Canadians receive, not to go to refugees, not to go to protected persons, not to go to successful claimants, but to go to those who betrayed Canada's trust, who betrayed the generosity of Canada.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we are talking about children.

    Now the minister can protest all he likes, but he cannot change the basic facts. He cannot change the fact that it is a core value of Canadians to take care of one another. He cannot change the fact that Canadians believe that children, families and all people should be treated equitably no matter where they come from. He cannot change the fact that the Federal Court ruled that these cuts are cruel and unusual and cause harm to refugees.

    Why will the minister not accept the facts and end his heartless attacks on refugees, and families and children?

    Hon. Chris Alexander (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, CPC): Mr. Speaker, there is no attack on refugees. From this government, there has been unparalleled generosity to refugees and full health care every step of the way.

    What we have had from the other side on the other hand is disinformation. What we are hearing from the member opposite is that a claimant who was not found to be a refugee, who was not persecuted, who is heading back to their country of origin should receive better health care than Canadians actually receive. That is not generosity, and that certainly does not uphold another vital Canadian value, which is the rule of law.