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Controversial Deportation Bill May Soon Come Into Force

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A controversial bill that would accelerate the removal of foreign criminals from Canadian soil has progressed forward in Canadian Parliament.

Bill C-43, the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, recently passed the House of Commons with 149 votes to 130. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has stated that, if passed, the bill will help to greatly streamline the deportation and appeals process. The process has been plagued by procedural delays, with some individuals remaining in Canada for several years despite being subject to a deportation order.

“The Harper Government is putting a stop to foreign criminals relying on endless appeals in order to delay their removal from Canada, during which time they continue to terrorize innocent Canadians,” said Minister Kenney, adding that “Canadians are generous and welcoming people, but they have no tolerance for criminals and fraudsters abusing our generosity.”

If passed, the bill will make it easier for the government to deport not only foreigners in Canada, but Permanent Residents of long standing who have spent six or more months in jail by denying them the right to appeal a deportation order. Currently, only individuals who have received a sentence of two years or more in prison are denied this right. The legislation will also bar serious offenders from appealing their deportation on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

The bill will also deny families of serious offenders the right to enter Canada, while at the same time facilitating entry for families of people deemed inadmissible on less serious grounds.

Perhaps the most controversial element of the bill is the power it will grant the Immigration Minister to use ‘negative discretion’ to deny foreigners’ entry to Canada on the basis of public policy. This has been strongly criticized by some who fear that it grants the Immigration Minister too much personal power. Many have expressed concern that such power could be used to prevent the entry of an individual with unpopular political opinions, and not only those who have committed violence.

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has added its voice to the chorus of those expressing reservations about the bill. Members say it is an exercise that seems unnecessary, since sufficient tools already exist to deport or deny entry of foreign criminals to Canada. The CBA is concerned that these procedures “break families and adversely affect the best interests of the children involved.” Minister Kenney has disagreed with this stance, arguing that the government will simply deport criminals faster.

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10 thoughts on “Controversial Deportation Bill May Soon Come Into Force

  1. Luis

    This bill is good in certain degree and reallybad in a certain degree. Person involved in Terrorism, rape, murder should be kicked out…without any doubut. What about if you get pulled into a bar fight because some one tried to grab your gals butt, what about you walking out of a store without knowing u had a 75c gum…(trust me , people make those mistakes all the times).. They should not be kicked out, it would be ridiculous to o that. Lets wait and see whether this gets approved with any amendment.

    Luis

  2. Rj

    How soon will this happen?

  3. believe kenneth onodje

    i would love to come and work in canada

  4. fathi jamal mahamed abdi

    my name is fathi jamal iwant to countinue my studies at canada please give me in chance to work and studies at canada

  5. Damian

    I highly commend this bill in the interest of the genuine immigrants, be it political, asylum seekers, people looking for better lives.However, if a person has even had a 1% involvement in terrorism or terrorism related activites, he or she should NEVER be allowed to apply for citizenship in Canada. Let the Canadian government protect the peace loving people in Canada and not have disruption in their lives. Canada is peaceful and we should pray for it to remain same instead of being a ‘safe heaven’ for criminals who want to take advantage of the liberal system.

  6. MIK

    It is a rationale decision, because every nation has right and privilege to sooth and smooth its society from crimes. This bill will surely help the Canadian Administrators to clean their society from criminals and making more civilized nation with zero crimes. I will just request the House of Common to please add some caring clause in this bill. I mean the society should not hate the criminals but their crimes should be hated. The Government in addition to this bill should also leverage and protect those who might change themselves with good opportunities. the crux of my comment is that while implementing this law, they should keep in mind the nature of crime.
    Thanx

  7. jose argueta

    i would like to know if i can be eligible for a work permit even if i had problem with the law 25 ye. ars a go in usa . iwas deported like a year a go also but i have been doing good for about 25 years , i got in truble when i was young so, simple felonies nothing agravated iam a good person , can you please tell me if its possible? thank for your time.to respond!

  8. Yep

    “I want to countinue my studies at canada”

    Immigrate legally and we Canadians will welcome you with open arms. And when you get here, speak English or French. Immigrate illegally and we’ll kick your ass out like an NFL football.

  9. antar zouhair

    I want to countinue my studies at canada

  10. Zulfiqar Ali

    please give chance to work in your beautiful country I am very happy for your this responce. Sir if it is possibole please send me Occupation list thanks

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