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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

First Session, Forty-first Parliament, 2011-12

Chair: The Honourable KELVIN KENNETH OGILVIE


Monday, June 18, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Issue No. 20

First, second and third (final) meetings on:

Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act

INCLUDING:
THE THIRTEENTH REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE
(Bill C-31)


APPEARING

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P., Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.


WITNESSES

Monday, June 18, 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada:

Les Linklater, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy;

Marie Bourry, Executive Director and Senior General Counsel;

Jennifer Irish, Director, Asylum Policy Program Development.

Public Safety Canada:

Michael MacDonald, Director General, National Security Operations Directorate.

Canada Border Services Agency:

Peter Hill, Director General, Post-Border Programs.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:

Furio De Angelis, Representative in Canada;

Michael Casasola, Resettlement Officer;

Nadia Williamson, Associate Legal Officer.

As individuals:

Peter Showler, Professor, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa;

Richard Kurland, Lawyer and Policy Analyst.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Barreau du Québec:

Carla Chamass, Research and Legislation Services;

Hugues Langlais, President, Immigration and Citizenship Committee;

Richard Neil Goldman, Member, Immigration and Citizenship Committee.

Wlodyka, MacDonald, Teng:

Andrew Wlodyka, Partner (by video conference).

As an individual:

Catherine Dauvergne, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia (by video conference).

Canadian Civil Liberties Association:

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Director, Equality Program.

Centre for Immigration Policy Reform:

Martin Collacott, Spokesperson.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation:

Gregory Thomas, Federal and Ontario Director.

Canadian Council for Refugees:

Francisco Rico-Martinez, Co-Chair, Inland Protection Working Group;

Gina Csanyi-Robah, Member.

Rainbow Refugee Society:

Chris Morrissey, Chair, Co-founder and Volunteer.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada:

Jennifer Irish, Director, Asylum Policy Program Development.


MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

The Honourable Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie, Chair

The Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C., Deputy Chair

and

The Honourable Senators:

Cordy, *Cowan (or Tardif), Housakos, Hubley, Jaffer,*LeBreton, P.C. (or Carignan), Martin, Mercer, Merchant, Seidman, Seth, Verner, P.C., Wallace

* Ex officio members

(Quorum 4)

Changes in membership of the committee:

Pursuant to rule 85(4), membership of the committee was amended as follows:

The Honourable Senator Hubley replaced the Honourable Senator Callbeck (June 20, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Mercer replaced the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C. (June 20, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Housakos replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (June 20, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Eaton replaced the Honourable Senator Demers (June 19, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Demers replaced the Honourable Senator Lang (June 19, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Munson (June 18, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Lang replaced the Honourable Senator Demers (June 18, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Munson replaced the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C. (June 18, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Dyck (June 18, 2012).

The Honourable Senator Cordy replaced the Honourable Senator Mercer (June 13, 2012).