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We recently posted on our blog about how rumours were circulating that the Balanced Refugee Reform Act (Bill-C11) might be facing some changes before it is implemented in June of this year – changes that were initially removed because they were harmful to refugees in Canada, but that may be passable since the Conservative Government has a majority. Now, according to various reports, these rumours may prove to be true after all.
Essentially, before the bill was accepted, changes were made to make it fairer to refugees. Now, those changes may be removed in the form of an entirely new bill.
The initial bill (C-11) is not actually being changed. Instead, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney introduced an entirely new bill last week to make things tougher on refugees, Bill C-31. This bill is expected to be implemented in the fall, according to the CBC.
This new bill would:
When the original C-11 bill was introduced, the Canadian Bar Association, opposition parties and human rights groups called for changes, including the removal of the safe countries list and the one year ban on reapplying. To pass the bill, compromises were made and these recommendations were followed. Now, they’ve just been put back in place under the guise of a new bill.
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