Jenny in the House: Ontario legal aid crisis endangers the lives of refugees fleeing persecution & violence

On June 13, 2019, I stood in Question Period to ask:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister likes to denounce the Ford government's anti-refugee sentiments, yet, shockingly, when it comes to changes to the asylum system, as we saw in the omnibus budget bill, the Liberals took a page out of the Conservative playbook for political gain.

Now the Prime Minister is in a spat with Doug Ford over legal aid funding. The collateral damage is women fleeing gender-based violence and LGBTQ2-plus members faced with persecution. That means no representation at refugee hearings, detention reviews and deportation orders. This will put lives at risk.

Will the Prime Minister stop the deportations until the legal aid crisis is resolved?"

 

https://openparliament.ca/debates/2019/6/13/jenny-kwan-5/

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