I just called the office of my Member of Parliament in advance of tonight’s emergency debate on the Executive Order. It took five minutes.
I spoke as to why the United States’ status as a safe third country should be revoked. There are four criteria for review of a safe third country:
- whether it is party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1984 Convention Against Torture;
- its policies and practices with respect to claims under the 1951 Refugee Convention, and its obligations under the 1984 Convention Against Torture;
- its human rights record; and
- whether it is party to an agreement with the Government of Canada for the purpose of sharing responsibility with respect to claims for refugee protection.
I also noted the other points proposed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
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