TORONTO (May. 18)
The Canadian government is working towards expanding the Immigration Act to allow more “non-conforming” refugees to enter Canada, Bud Cullen, Canada’s Minister of Employment and Immigration, told a B’nai B’rith lodge meeting in his home constituency of Sarnia, Ontario. A special category, the humanitarian category, has been created for potential immigrants who do not fit the refugee definition of the Act, Cullen said. These would include Ukrainians and Poles in addition to Jews from the USSR. A unique project undertaken over the last two years by the Canadian B’nai B’rith in conjunction with federal immigration officials led to the government decision. B’nai B’rith was able to gain entry for 76 families who were chosen by a United Nations committee. Cullen said 32 of these families have already settled in Canada and the rest will arrive next month.