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Kenney defends proposed legislation giving him power to bar certain people from Canada


 

OTTAWA – Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says he’ll seek limits on a new power that will allow him to bar certain people from entering Canada.

Kenney included the new authority in a piece of legislation expected to be studied by the Commons immigration committee this fall.

It allows him to bar people for what are described as public policy considerations, but that term isn’t defined in the legislation.

Kenney says he’ll put a set of criteria before the committee and ask MPs how best to apply the new power.

He says he doesn’t want to see current or future governments being able to take advantage of it.

Kenney says the provision is meant to keep out people who would otherwise be admissible to Canada but whose presence could incite hatred or violence.


 

Kenney defends proposed legislation giving him power to bar certain people from Canada

  1. If you don’t want people to abuse it don’t institutionalize it!!

    • Yeah, I generally agree.. but.. but…

      ..he sort of has a point. Much like the “net benefit” provision of allowing foreign takeovers, sometimes it seems there is a need for our elected officials to be able to do something that we might not have anticipated before, and so haven’t codified into our legislation and regulations.

      However, like the foreign takeovers thing, when the minister uses this power, it should be widely publicized, so that the minister can take the deserved outcomes for using or abusing the power.

      Perhaps that’s what’s needed, a proviso in the legislation requiring that any use of this power be widely announced by gov’t.

      Alternatively, I suppose any use of the power could be legislated to be ratified by the HoC.

      • So, I guess hockey teams won’t be coming to Vancouver anymore?

        • You’ve lost me, I’m afraid. I don’t get the reference.

          • “Kenney says the provision is meant to keep out people who would otherwise be admissible to Canada but whose presence could incite hatred or violence.”

            Vancouver riot?

          • Heh. See, that’s what I get for not following hockey or news about BC. I miss some of the good jokes.

            On the more serious side, that type of example would be exactly why the power should be used rarely, and widely publicized when it is.

  2. This just seems wrong. Banning someone from entering the country on the basis that they might say something that could incite hatred or violence, I don’t know.

    We don’t like HRCs because they infringe too much on free speech, isn’t this almost the same?

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