Local MP Niki Ashton addressed the House of Commons last week on migrant worker Mary Clair De Guzman, A Filipino woman that was flown from The Pas to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre for treatment after suffering a stroke. While she was on life support De Guzmans husband and teenage daughter were desperate to see her.
Niki added that one of the doctors was told that immigrations said that they couldn’t do anything until De Guzman was dead. Ashton asked if the government would act immediately and bring De Guzmans family together.
The minister of immigration, refuges and citizenship Ahmed Hussen responded by saying that while he appreciated the question from Ashton he claimed he wasn’t able to give the details of immigration cases due to privacy laws but that he would talk with her privately on the matter afterwards.
Sadly De Guzman passed away on October 23rd and it has been reported that a local group is planning to raise funds to help De Guzmans husband bring her body back to the Philippines. De Guzman was working at the Tim Horton’s on Opaskwayak Cree Nation prior to her medical emergency.