NEWS RELEASE: Jeneroux supports family reunification during COVID-19

August 13, 2020

OTTAWA, ON – The federal government must prioritize reunification between Canadian citizens and their loved ones, said Matt Jeneroux, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend and Shadow Minister for Health.

On Wednesday, August 12, MP Jeneroux used his time in the Special Committee of the House of Commons to raise this important issue with the government. Then immediately afterwards, along with Dr. David Poon, the founder of Advocacy for Family Reunification at the Canadian Border, at a press conference, he again pushed for a clear plan to allow bi-national committed couples and adult children to see their loved ones in Canada.

“Loved ones have been separated, in some cases, for months at this point with no end in sight,” said Jeneroux. “The government needs to tell Canadians its plan for reunification in these special circumstances.”

A petition urging the government to allow foreign nationals into Canada for reunification purposes is also quickly gathering signatures. Many European countries have altered their border restrictions to allow unmarried couples in committed relationships to reunite.

“We can safely and compassionately reunite Canadians with their loved ones, and this should be an immediate priority of the government,” Jeneroux said.