Citizenship and Immigration (May 3, 2012)
The committee continued its review of Bill C-31, the government’s refugee reform legislation, with testimony from various groups representing refugees.
Sharalyn Jordan and Christine Morrissey from the Rainbow Refugee Committee spoke about their concerns with the bill’s treatment of LGBT refugees. Michael Deakin-Macey, former president of the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, spoke about the need to maintain a generous system without abusing Canadian resources. PhD candidate John Amble appeared via videoconference from London, England, to elaborate on the main security threats to Canada’s refugee system.
Glynis Williams and Jenny Jeanes from Action Réfugiés Montréal raised concerns with the bill’s mandatory detention measures and shortened time-frame for claims. Richard Stanwick and Marie Adèle Davis from the Canadian Paediatric Society also raised concerns with the bill’s ability to adequately protect children and youth.
Gina Csanyi-Robah and Maureen Silcoff from the Roma Community Centre spoke about issues facing Hungarian Roma claimants and against the creation of a designated safe country list.
UPDATE: Bill C-31 received royal assent on June 28.