Human Rights – December 4, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Human Rights – December 4, 2014

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander briefs senators on legislation that targets what he calls “barbaric cultural practices”. Bill S-7 would make polygamy a new ground for refusing entry or the right to stay in Canada, establish 16 to be the national minimum age of marriage, limit the use of provocation as a defence in so-called honour killings, and create new measures to crack down on forced and underage marriages. Senators also hear from senior Justice Canada officials Gillian Blackell, Joanne Klineberg and Lisa Hitch, as well as David Manicom from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. (December 4, 2014)