Canada considers opening its doors to tsunami orphans

The federal government is considering allowing families in Canada to bring over tsunami orphans to start a new life here, Immigration Minister Judy Sgro revealed yesterday. The federal government is considering allowing families in Canada to bring over tsunami orphans to start a new life here, Immigration Minister Judy Sgro revealed yesterday. The government may ease immigration laws to allow distant relatives to sponsor children whose parents were killed by the tidal waves in countries like Sri Lanka, she said in an interview.

“There are a lot of orphaned children that have extended family here in Canada,” she said after Prime Minister Paul Martin and other cabinet members met with South Asian community leaders about the disaster.

“We’ll be very cautiously talking with the leaders of the community and discussing how we can match up extended family here with orphaned children over there, without question. We want to be as sympathetic as we can and as helpful as we can.”

The news came yesterday as Defence Minister Bill Graham revealed that Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) will leave on Thursday and be on the ground helping out in one of the wors