IN THE HOUSE ~ Private Member's Business ~ Presenting petitions ~ asking the government to look at waiving visa requirements for Serbian visitors to Canada

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present, on behalf of hundreds of residents of British Columbia and Alberta, Edmonton area, Calgary area and throughout the lower mainland of British Columbia, a petition that asks the government to look at waiving visa requirements for Serbian visitors to Canada.

    The Serbian community is very strong and has been present in Canada since Confederation. Over 100,000 Canadians of Serb origin make an enormous contribution to Canada, and 29 European states have now waived visa requirements between Serbia and countries in Europe. There is a very clear movement to provide visa-free travel from Serbia. This would certainly help to facilitate exchanges between Serbia and Canada and would greatly help the Serbian-Canadian communities.

    On behalf of those hundreds of Canadian residents, I table this petition.