Conservatives work deal with Bloc, NDP on refugee reform
Posted June 10, 2010
From a Globe and Mail article:
The Conservatives seem to have salvaged their faltering refugee reform legislation by working with the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP to find changes that all the political parties could stomach.
Parliamentarians on the immigration committee hashed out the details into the evening Wednesday, emerging with all-party support for a bill that is substantially different than what was originally tabled this spring.
Generally, the reforms aim to deter fraudsters from playing Canada's system, but also speed approvals for legitimate applicants.
But critics were uncomfortable with several aspects of the original proposals, especially the government's intentions to frown on and quickly dismiss applications from designated "safe" countries of origin.
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