Parliament Video: Jenny in the House: Given US climate, why is Canada not suspending Safe 3rd Country Agreement?

On January 31, 2017, Jenny stood to ask this question:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Madam Speaker, I thank the member for his passionate speech.

In remembering the history, there is no question there are many lessons to be learned. It is ironic, is it not, that the Trump edict actually came on International Holocaust Remembrance Day?

Having said that, what are we going to do about it here in Canada?

The member talked about a lot of things, but I want to touch on the safe third country agreement. The issue is this. When people get into the United States, which is deemed to be a safe country under this agreement, they cannot make application for refugee status to Canada or anywhere else. That is the reality. When we have a country that has declared, “You are banned; you are not welcome; and we don't want you because of where you come from, because of your race, and because of your religion”, would they feel safe there? Would we feel safe there? Would we not want to leave? However, they are not allowed to come to Canada and make application for refugee status because of this agreement.

Under those circumstances, should we not immediately suspend the agreement?"

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