IN THE HOUSE ~ Presenting petitions ~ North Korean Refugees

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Context : Presenting Petitions

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to present a petition from several dozen residents of Toronto, Mississauga and Oakville in southern Ontario. These are petitioners who are concerned about the plight of North Korean refugees. We have many people who escaped the despotic regime in North Korea. Despite the widespread human rights violations they managed to make their way to the People's Republic of China and unfortunately, the Chinese government returned some to North Korea to certain torture and often death.

These many residents of southern Ontario call upon the House of Commons and the Government of Canada to support a number of motions that deal with the plight of North Korean refugees including my Motion No. 383, which requests the Canadian government to intervene very strongly with the Chinese government to ensure that North Korean refugees are treated as refugees.