Stephen Harper pauses for a moment as he addresses the crowd on election night, Oct. 19, 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)The former Harper government began a legal appeal of that judgment, but lost power in the October election that vaulted Justin Trudeau's Liberals to power. The lingering legal battle was just one of many left over from the Conservative era, when the courts repeatedly found Conservative laws to be in breach of the charter. Diane Laursen, a spokeswomen for Immigration Minister John McCallum, says the government has withdrawn the legal appeal in the refugee case, which was brought by the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers on behalf of rejected refugees from Croatia, Hungary and Romania.
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Immigration Minister John McCallum. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/CP)"Our government has promised to provide citizens of Designated Countries of Origin a right to appeal refugee decisions," Laursen said Monday in an email. "Withdrawing this (constitutional) appeal is another important step towards fulfilling the government's commitments and reviewing our litigation strategy." The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers had announced the government's decision to drop the legal case on social media earlier in the day, but did not respond to a request for comment.
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