Joint letter to Prime Minister Trudeau strongly objecting to the inclusion of an unexpected, substantial, and deeply troubling reform affecting the human rights of refugees in the omnibus Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-97. The measure itself – depriving certain refugee claimants of access to full and independent refugee hearings – is harsh and unnecessary. Furthermore, stripping crucial and hard-won human rights protections from people in a budget bill is undemocratic and means that Parliamentarians will be deprived of the ability to properly consider the effects of the change on vulnerable people, and its unforeseen consequences on the refugee determination system.
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