Statement in HoC – January 27, 2016 – DRC Adoption Case

Mr. Speaker, Wendy Malanchan, of St. Albert, Alberta, has waited more than three years to bring her adopted daughter, Lajoie, home to Canada from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The only thing holding this up is that the DRC has refused to issue an exit visa for little Lajoie. Lajoie is not alone. Indeed, there are some 16 children adopted by Canadian families waiting for exit visas. Now there is legislation before the Congolese parliament that could force these families to wait years longer. Time is of the essence. I respectfully urge the Prime Minister to pick up the phone, call President Kabila, and ask for 16 exit visas.

  • Date January 27, 2016
  • Tags House of Commons