Parliament Video: Jenny Kwan moves that immigration legislation be withdrawn from Budget bill

On April 11, 2019, I put forward a motion seeking unanimous consent from the House to withdraw legislation from the Budget bill that would make drastic changes to Canada's asylum claims process:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

I move, given that, (a) Canadians expect that changes to our laws should be democratically and rigorously debated in the House of Commons; (b) all parties in the House have spoken against the use of omnibus bills to hide changes in initiatives from scrutiny; (c) the world is experiencing a global refugee crisis; and (d) Lloyd Axworthy is condemning proposed changes contained in the omnibus budget bill to the asylum system, while Faith Goldy is cheering them on, that in the opinion of the House, (a) Canada is at serious risk of being on the wrong side of history and (b) the government must immediately withdraw division 16 of part 4 of Bill C-97 and table it as a stand-alone piece of legislation to ensure that Canada continues to live up to its obligations under international law."

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