Bill C 31

5 Bills To Watch Before Parliament Breaks For The Summer

CBC | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics

When members of Parliament return to Ottawa next Monday, they will have four weeks left to get work done before the House of Commons is scheduled to b...

Why Is There No Refuge for Roma Refugees?

Stephanie J. Silverman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Stephanie J. Silverman

A designated country of origin (DCO) is a country declared as "safe," on grounds that it can provide adequate protection to its citizens and therefore not likely to produce refugees. It also discounts the treatment of some minority groups in so-called "safe" countries perhaps most particularly, the Roma in Europe.

Our Refugees Need Help, Not Neglect

CAMH | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Impact
CAMH

Recently, Ottawa introduced Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act, and announced it was going to cut temporary health and mental health care to certain categories of refugees. The result was an outcry of support for people who have left everything they own to flee persecution, rape, torture and violence in their home country. Eliminating important supports and services from refugees is nothing short of inhumane. We're speaking out because the issue speaks to the heart of our purpose. We Care.

Above All, Bill C-31 Hurts Children

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

On Wednesday June 27 Bill C-31: Protecting Canada's Immigration Act was cleared through the Senate leaving a stain on our country's immigration and refugee protection system, a system that we as Canadians could once be proud of. With the passage of this bill, several principles which have defined us as Canadians for decades have now been compromised and our world's most vulnerable populations will now have to pay the price.

The Doctor Who Risked His Reputation to Oppose Bill C-31

Bernie Farber | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

On Monday, Cabinet Minister Joe Oliver made a federal funding announcement at Toronto General Hospital. However, within minutes of Minister Oliver taking the podium, something truly exceptional occurred; emergency room doctor Chris Keefer walked boldly up to the front of the room. Despite attempts by a hospital administrator to shut down Keefer's interruption, he nonetheless persisted.

Canada Under Bill C-31 Is Not the Place I Found Refuge

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

My greatest fear is that one day Canadians, as fair-minded as they may be, will close their doors to other refugees. Bill C-31 -- Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act -- is now in the Senate where it will be studied and debated. Not only is this bill unconstitutional and inconsistent with Canada's international obligations, it will change the face of Canada as we know it.

Food for Thought on World Refugee Day

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.18.2012 | Canada
Rosemary McCarney

There are an estimated 12 million displaced people on the planet at this moment and most of them are children. News of this came around the same time as the controversy surrounding Bill C-31, and the way the Harper government wants to crack down on immigration and refugees. But this World Refugee Day, let's be careful and conscious in our assessment of exactly who these people are.

'Black Eye' Refugee Bill Passes Final House Hurdle

CBC | Posted 08.11.2012 | Canada Politics

The government's controversial bill that further reforms Canada's refugee system passed a third reading Monday night in the House of Comm...

Refugees Are People Too

Jennifer Hyndman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Jennifer Hyndman

If Bill C-31, "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act," passes in parliament, Canada will lose its reputation for fairness and human rights and, more importantly, hundreds if not thousands of people's lives will be adversely affected. Refugees would be ineligible to sponsor any immediate family members and these refugees would be second-class people in Canada.

Tories Bow To Pressure And Change Controversial Refugee Bill

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government proposed amendments to a controversial new refugee bill Wednesday, but critics say they still have major concerns...

Tories Accused Of Spreading 'Gypsy Fiction' In Refugee Bill

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An advocate for Roma refugee claimants says "Gypsy fiction" is fanning the same kind of discrimination in Canada that her ancestors have face...

Althia Raj

Tory Reforms May Put More Illegal Immigrants In Jail

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 04.23.2012 | Canada Politics

At the whim of the public safety minister, refugee claimants could face incarceration in provincial jails for one year without review under a major ov...

What Humphrey Bogart's "Rick" Would Think of Bill C-31

Sukanya Pillay | Posted 06.05.2012 | Canada
Sukanya Pillay

In the film Casablanca, the narrator tells us of the "tortuous roundabout refugee trail" that sprang up through Europe across the Mediterranean to Morocco, towards freedom in the Americas. If Bill C-31 had been in existence, those refugees would not have been looking to Canada -- is that the point?

Bill C-31 and How it Harms Children

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Human Rights Watch

In a letter to Members of Parliament, Human Rights Watch said that Bill C-31, "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act," would violate human rights law by allowing for a year of detention without review for certain groups of people, including 16- and 17-year-old children.