Syed Hussan

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TPP Poses Serious Threat To Rights And Dignity Of Migrant Workers

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 11:04 AM

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), negotiated in secret, has been facing massive public opposition.

In opposing the TPP, some have incorrectly argued that the TPP will pit migrant workers against Canadian workers. In fact, this trade agreement will greatly harm migrant workers. It will do so in...

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Minister Goodale: Immigrant Detainees Are Running Out Of Time

(19) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 5:28 PM

Over 50 black and brown men have been on a hunger strike since July 11 protesting their inhumane separation from their families. The hunger strikers have three simple demands: (1) to meet with Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, to (2) end indefinite detention and replace it with...

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Canada Has A Migrant Worker Mistreatment Problem

(7) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 5:32 PM

Yesterday pundit and columnist Rex Murphy wrote a biting column in the National Post demanding ideological consistency from Leap Manifesto co-author Avi Lewis. In it, Rex Murphy points out a myriad of abuses by the Qatari state, which funds Al Jazeera News. Avi Lewis of course...

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Why Is Stephen Harper Sending Domestic Workers Back to 1973?

(23) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:15 PM

It was November 22, 1981. Domestic workers from the Philippines, Caribbean and the UK had gathered in a protest of thousands in downtown Toronto.


"We scrub the floors, we cook the meals, we raise the children -- why aren't we good enough...

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Fear of Migrant Workers Is Xenophobia

(53) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 3:39 PM


There has been massive media attention on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) in the last few weeks. Mainstream and social media is full of analysis and solutions. Some critics and commentators insist that the only appropriate way forward...

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2013 Immigration Changes and Victories in Canada

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Speaking to a secretive media junket earlier this month, Stephen Harper insisted Canada should focus on "bringing in permanent residents who have equal rights with Canadians." If you haven't been paying attention, you'd think that Stephen Harper has been fixing immigration and opening up Canada's doors these last...

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Some Excluded in Quebec, Many Excluded From Canada

(5) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 4:48 PM


Thousands are outraged at the Parti Qubecois' Charter of Values -- a charter that proposes to prohibit the wearing of religious symbols by public employees. As these symbols are disproportionately worn by racialized immigrants, in particular Muslims...

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Immigrants Need Solutions, Not Lip Service

(13) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 1:07 PM

The newest 2013 Economic Action Plan (its not a budget!) is a 2015 campaign document that only promises to sow further divides between working people. Little truth can be expected from Flaherty & Co. considering that the just-retired Parliamentary Budget Officer spent his last day at...

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What Will the Minister of Labour Do for Migrant Workers?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Dear Mr Naqvi,

We have some things in common. I read that you came to Canada from Pakistan in your early teens. I immigrated in my early teens too, except I moved to Pakistan. My father, you see, was a migrant worker in Dubai and, after living there for decades,...

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The Great Tory Rip-Off of Migrant Workers

(19) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 7:14 AM

Today is the International Migrants Day. On Dec 18, 1990, 22 years ago, the UN passed the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. No migrant-receiving country, including Canada, has ratified this convention.

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"I Am Here in Canada and I Am Treated like a Dog"

(49) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The Canada Border Services Agency just announced that it had deported 16,511 people in 2011-2012, dubbing it a "milestone year."

"It is really chilling," said Mary Foster from Montreal's People's Commission which successfully advocated to have Adil Charkaoui's security certificate struck down and get

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Worker Exploitation Is Not Just a Chinese Problem

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 6:46 PM

Stuck as we are in the midst of a U.S. Presidential campaign that has consistently framed China as the "boogey man," the homogenizing outrage against the Canada-China Investment Agreement focused, it is as if China- and Chinese-bashing is all the rage right now.

If you've been following all the...

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