The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

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Canada is a leader in supporting refugees. I have lived it. With just a few hours of notice and shortly after Hong Kong fell to the Japanese, my family and I fled to Canada in August 1942. Since then, Canada has continued to welcome refugees from around the world, especially during humanitarian crises like the one that  Afghanistan is  facing. Canada’s Operation Lifeline in 1979 demonstrated a proactive and innovative approach with Canada going to the refugees rather than waiting for them to make their way to us. Canadians from all corners of the country also became private sponsors to support the 60,000 Indochinese refugees. In 2015, Canadians came together once again to make a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees. The past has taught us that Canada always responds and we must do it again. The Afghan people need us.

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