IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ Peter Julian's latest statement in support of the Lennikov Family

Speaker : Mr. Julian
Time : 29/04/2009 14:13:44
Context : Member’s Statements

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise once again today to urge the Minister of Immigration to show compassion and issue ministerial relief to one of my constituents, Mikhail Lennikov who is appealing a deportation order.

The minister has listened to the community outcry and exercised his authority to begin the process to allow Mr. Lennikov's wife, Irina and his 17 year old son, Dmitri to apply for permanent residency in Canada. This is commendable.

However, the deportation order for Mikhail Lennikov is still in effect and now threatens to tear the family apart. The deep and lasting pain of losing a father and husband would no doubt be devastating on Irina and Dmitri.

In the 11 years that Mr. Lennikov and his family have spent in Canada, they have proven to be nothing but outstanding citizens and a solid part of the community. Mr. Lennikov has never constituted a threat to Canadian security and has never been accused of any crime.

I urge the minister to complete what is fair and just by providing the ministerial relief required to let Mikhail Lennikov stay in Canada with his loved ones, where he belongs.