Parliament Video: Jenny in the House: Safe Third Country Agreement: US still offering "high degree of protection" to asylum seekers?

On February 9, 2017, Jenny stood to ask this question:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, “Only countries that respect human rights and offer a high degree of protection to asylum seekers may be designated as safe third countries.”

Twenty-two refugees risked life and limb crossing from the U.S. into Canada. No one risks their family's safety unless they have no choice. These refugees are blocked from the Canadian system while they are the U.S. because of the safe third country agreement.

Does the minister still believe the U.S. is offering a high degree of protection to asylum seekers, yes or no?"

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