an­drew Scheer’s Con­ser­va­tives call on trudeau gov­ern­ment to of­fer asia fam­ily asy­lum

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OT­TAWA, ON The Hon­ourable Michelle Rem­pel, Shadow Min­is­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees, and Cit­i­zen­ship, is­sued a state­ment call­ing on Justin Trudeau to grant asy­lum to Asia Bibi, a Pak­istani Chris­tian who spent eight years on death row Canada’s hu­man­i­tar­ian im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem should pri­or­i­tize the world’s most vul­ner­a­ble, like those flee­ing war and per­se­cu­tion. To­day, An­drew Scheer’s Con­ser­va­tives are call­ing on the Trudeau gov­ern­ment to use ev­ery mech­a­nism at his dis­posal to of­fer the Bibi fam­ily asy­lum, and to en­cour­age the Pak­istani gov­ern­ment to al­low Bibi to travel freely in light of re­cent ne­go­ti­a­tions with the ex­trem­ist TLP party which could see au­thor­i­ties bar her from leav­ing the coun­try. Asia Bibi is a Pak­istani Chris­tian who spent eight years on death row on blas­phemy charges. :hile the re­cent Supreme Court de­ci­sion to over­turn the case is heart­en­ing, the threat to Asia’s life con­tin­ues. Since her case was over­turned, an­gry mobs have been protest­ing and call­ing for her death. :e know that these are not empty threats as the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Mi­nori­ties, Shah­baz Bhatti, was mur­dered in sim­ply for call­ing for Bibi’s re­lease from prison. If ac­tion is not taken to en­sure the safety of the Bibi fam­ily, I fear that their lives will also be in dan­ger. The is­sue of mi­nor­ity rights has been top of mind for Con­ser­va­tives. 8nder our pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, then Min­is­ter Ja­son Ken­ney sup­ported now de­ceased Min­is­ter Shah­baz Bhatti’s ef­forts to de­fend Asia Bibi. Sen­a­tor Salma Ataullah­jan has also been out­spo­ken about Asia Bibi’s case for many years. : e must never take for granted the prin­ci­ples of free­dom of thought, speech, and re­li­gion. :e must re­dou­ble our ef­forts to de­fend them, and Justin Trudeau should act im­me­di­ately to grant asy­lum to the Bibi fam­ily.”

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