IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ Peter Julian renews call to stop the Deportation of the Lennikov family to Russia

40th Parliament, 2nd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise on behalf of my constituents Mikhail Lennikov, his wife Iriana and his 17 year old son, Dmitri to urge the government to stay their deportation to Russia on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Mr. Lennikov was allowed into Canada with his family for a fresh start after he had voluntarily notified Canadian authorities that he was recruited 25 years ago by the KGB, against his will. As if he had a choice in a totalitarian state.

The Lennikovs were recently ordered to leave Canada on the grounds that somehow he could constitute a security risk.

Mr. Lennikov's spotless record of 11 years in Canada demonstrate that he is not a threat. The case for his deportation simply cannot be based on fact or even contemplated for his 17 year old son Dmitri, who sees the deportation to a country which he hardly knows as “a final nail in the coffin”.

The Lennikovs have been a credit to our community.

I urge the Minister of Public Safety to stop the Lennikov deportation and allow this family to stay in Canada where they now so clearly belong.