Protecting our refugees
May 29th, 2012 - 10:13pm
Bill C-31 is a new law from the Harper government that proposes to
dramatically change the way that Canada welcomes refugees. Bill
C-31 will affect individuals and families who fl ee their home country
and come to Canada to ask for protection. Canada has a system in
place to hear the stories of these individuals (called refugee claimants)
and to decide if they meet the international and Canadian defi nitions of
needing refugee protection: Are they refugees? Should Canada offer
them a new, permanent home?
Bill C-31 will change the way that Canada decides who is a refugee.
The bill proposes to treat refugee claimants differently depending
on the country they came from or the method they used to come to
As a result, several sections of Bill C-31 violate Canadian law (the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) and international law (the
Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Convention on
the Rights of the Child).