Issues & Positions
In April 2021, our office held a series of online neighbourhood town halls. The following were the most requested topics from attendees.
For many years, Birth Tourism has been a large issue in our community, where foreigners travel to Canada for the purpose of giving birth to skip the process of properly obtaining citizenship.
This practice is immoral and makes a mockery of Canadian citizenship by making it something that can simply be purchased.
As your MP, Kenny Chiu has fought against this practice in Parliament and has stood beside local groups who share the same distaste for it.
MP Chiu has questioned the Minister of Citizenship & Immigration on this topic multiple times, he has stood in the House and challenged the practice, and he will continue to advocate and seek change to protect Canada from the harmful practice of Birth Tourism.
After pressuring the Minister responsible, MP Chiu has learned that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is conducting an investigation into the scope of Birth Tourism across the country. He will be advocating for release of the data as the study concludes later this year.
His office has also confirmed with the CRA that birth tourism does not allow travellers to receive the Canada Child Benefit or any family benefit. Simply having a child being born in Canada is not sufficient to allow eligibility as the parent is the applicant for benefits and they are required to be a Canadian citizen or have a spouse/partner who is a Canadian citizen.
Environment and Climate Change
MP Chiu believes that climate change is real. He understands that, in order to solve this crisis, the government must take concrete action to protect the environment. That is why he has been in support of the Conservative’s Climate change policies since they were first introduced in 2008. Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Official Opposition, recently released a plan to put a price on carbon emissions.
Under this plan, Canada will reach and even surpass our Paris Agreement emission reduction target. While the liberal carbon tax is collected by government bureaucrats, under the Conservative’s plan, your money will go directly back to you in the form of a registered savings account which you can use for a variety of environmental initiatives. MP Chiu is also committed to ensuring that 30% of all vehicles sold by 2030 are electric; in fact, he already drives a plug-in hybrid himself.
Gun Crime and Community Safety
MP Chiu understands the importance of keeping our community safe from gun violence and organized crime. He is firmly against the Liberal’s Bill C-22 which removes mandatory prison for crimes such as gun trafficking, robbery with a firearm, and befitting from human trafficking. These changes only benefit those who seek to harm others and do nothing to keep our communities safe. The recent rise in gang violence in Richmond and Greater Vancouver highlights the need for gun control which is truly effective and is driven by evidence and not ideology.
MP Chiu is opposed to Justin Trudeau’s new gun control measures which were passed undemocratically without a vote in the House of Commons. These new laws arbitrarily restrict certain weapons including toy airsoft rifles while doing nothing to address the pervasive issue of smuggled firearms. In order to address gun crime, we must fight the flow of illegal guns from the United States. In the last election Kenny campaigned on a plan that would include the creation of a CBSA firearms smuggling task force to work with local law enforcement on both sides of the border to interdict smuggled guns. On top of this, the plan will implement a minimum five year sentence for the criminals who traffic illegal firearms into Canada.
Racism and Anti-Asian Hate in Richmond
MP Chiu recognizes that hate crimes of any sort, no matter which group they target, are absolutely unacceptable and counter to our Canadian way of life. Racism is an incendiary topic, it is deeply personal and can be uncomfortable to discuss for fear of fueling a fire. Racism is universal, no one group is solely responsible for racism against another.
No matter your race, religion, or sexual orientation, violence and hate hurts us all. We must focus on the values we share over what makes us different. Respect is key to this. We should build bridges and make reasonable accommodations to allow for inclusion and cultural understanding to develop.
He would ask everyone to please remember to be good to one another, to not allow the actions of unstable or manipulative individuals to cause division and sow a fear which hurts our community and is against the very values and freedoms that make us Canadian.
Federal Vaccination Program
MP Chiu believes vaccines are the key to ending this pandemic and encourages everyone to get their shot as soon as it is available to them just as he received the first dose this May. Unfortunately, early on Canada fell behind other western nations in securing enough vaccines for all our citizens. As of the beginning of June 2021, Canada had fully vaccinated less than 6% of its population, significantly trailing other developed countries around the world.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Canada did not have our own large-scale vaccine manufacturing facilities, this is often cited as a reason for why Canada has fallen behind. However, the United Kingdom found itself in the exact same position when the pandemic began. While Canada decided to partner with a Chinese company to develop vaccines (a partnership China unilaterally abandoned), the United Kingdom developed their domestic production capacity. Now, the UK is nearly fully vaccinated. In Israel, they did not develop their own vaccines but instead they were the first to place orders with the major vaccine manufacturers. Canada, on the other hand, was one of the last developed nations in the world to place any orders at all. Israel now has some of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Simply put, government decisions, including a decision to partner with a hostile partner like the People’s Republic of China has cost many Canadians their lives and resulted in further economic shutdowns. These are only to mention the tangible costs of the pandemic, at the same time, hundreds of thousands have seen their mental health suffer. It didn’t have to be this way. MP Chiu joins his colleagues in calling for a national inquiry into the pandemic response.