Mr. Chair, I would move that Bill C-31, in clause 12, be amended by replacing line 29 on page 6 to line 30 on page 7 with the following:
(5) The officer may refuse to consider a request for a temporary resident permit if the designated foreign national fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any condition imposed on them under subsection 58(4) or section 58.1.
Mr. Chair, the question remains as to why we are still limiting legal status of designated foreign nationals, why we are making these designated irregular arrivals wait five years before they can actually apply to get a TRP.
To pick up on the point Mr. Dykstra made—and he indicated I could make up whatever I like with regard to this whole two-tiered system—I want to refer the member to a presentation that was given by the UN refugee agency, which many, including me, would argue is a fairly world-renowned organization. If you turn to page 9 of the UNHCR's document on Bill C-31, they actually have two very short recommendations:
UNHCR recommends that, in the spirit of the 1951 Convention, the five year bar to regularization of status be removed.
Recommendation number seven:
UNHCR recommends that the principle of family unity be fully respected and applied consistently throughout the refugee procedure and that recognized refugees under the 1951 Convention be entitled to apply for family reunification in a timely manner.
So the one amendment that was just defeated kind of touches on both.
The point I was trying to make on establishing that double tier was that the convention does say that you cannot penalize based on a mode of entry, and that is in fact what we're doing.
I obviously expanded a little bit further than what the actual amendment deals with, but the principle is still there.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.