Canadian Immigrant


Harper’s cancellation of refugee health care “cruel and unusual” treatment: Federal Court

via: The Canadian Progressive | Jul 4, 2014

Today, we celebrate victory against both Stephen Harper’s elected dictatorship and the federal Conservatives’ veiled and legislated racism. We celebrate victory against a state-sponsored violation of basic human rights guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that the Conservatives’ 2012 cancellation of federal health care for refugees was “cruel and unusual” treatment of the “vulnerable, poor and disadvantaged” seeking Canada’s protection. It’s the kind of treatment that “shocks the conscience and outrages Canadian standards of decency.”

“With the 2012 changes to the Interim Federal Health Program, the executive branch of the Canadian government has intentionally set out to make the lives of these disadvantaged individuals even more difficult than they already are in an effort to force those who have sought the protection of this country to leave Canada more quickly, and to deter others from coming here,” Justice Anne Mactavish wrote in a 268-page ruling delivered Friday.

The court has given the Conservatives four months to reverse the changes.

Read it at The Canadian Progressive


Canada, immigration raids and deportations are not entertainment!

via: The Canadian Progressive | Apr 23, 2013

It was revealed last month that Vic Toews, Canada’s Public Safety Minister, approved the raid, carried out for the Canada Border Services Agency’s reality television series, Border Security.

The revelation highlights the issue of immigration and immigrant rights in Canada. Where are we on the issues? What kind of society have we become when a federal minister approves a TV show that violates the weak, and when such violation becomes part of our living room experience. Entertainment.

After the revelation, the BC Civil Liberties Association filed a formal complaint with the federal Privacy Commissioner on behalf of the migrant worker who was filmed.

Read it at The Canadian Progressive


Over 100 Canadian artists demand cancellation of anti-immigrant TV show “Border Security”

via: The Canadian Progressive | Apr 23, 2013

Over 100 actors, directors, producers, directors, technicians and other cultural professionals have signed an open letter demanding the immediate cancellation of anti-immigrant TV series Border Security. The letter is addressed to National Geographic, Force Four Entertainment, Shaw Media, Global BC, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), “and all other producers, financiers, and broadcasters of Border Security”.

The signatories include award-winning author Naomi Klein.

Read it at The Canadian Progressive


Jason Kenney: Thank Me For Cutting Refugee Health Benefits

via: The Canadian Progressive | Jul 9, 2012

Canada’s federal immigration minister is way out of line here.

Jason Kenney, the MP for Calgary South East, has posted a petition on his website – – asking Canadians to thank him for a job well done after cutting health care for refugees.

Read it at The Canadian Progressive 


Immigration and Refugee Board Adjucator David McBean Must Go

via: The Canadian Progressive | Mar 11, 2011

How disappointing that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government reappointed Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator, David McBean, to another five-year term after he rejected all 169 cases he adjudicated since 2007. McBean’s record automatically strikes terror in the heart of any would-be refugee. I’m speaking from personal experience.

Read it at The Canadian Progressive