Dr. Hedy Fry asks why the Harper government refuses to allow family reunification with a deaf child

Hedy Fry In The House
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dr. Hedy Fry asks why the Harper government refuses to allow family reunification with a deaf child

Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal Party of Canada): 

Mr. Speaker, the current government is refusing to let the 15-year-old daughter of a Filipino live-in caregiver join her mother in B.C. It says a deaf child would be an excessive burden on the state. Really?

Many deaf persons in Canada are educated, high-performing members of society. The BC Provincial School for the Deaf says the child is proficient in American sign language and it is no more cost to educate her than any other child. Is the government's new discriminatory immigration policy that deaf persons need not apply?