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Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, many organizations have said that the bill contravenes the charter. Our party leader has suggested that we seek the opinion of the Supreme Court of Canada as to the constitutionality of this bill. Does the member agree with this idea?

September 23rd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, I share many of the concerns of this flawed piece of legislation with the member for Parkdale—High Park. Earlier in the debate, the member for Toronto Centre suggested that, given the concerns that have been expressed by the Canadian Bar Association, the former cha

September 23rd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, I listened intently to the member's presentation. I heard him say that there is a possible charter violation in this legislation. He made reference to the 2007 Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Charkaoui case where the 120 day mandatory detention was struck dow

September 23rd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, I realize the majority of the member's speech on the bill was on the subject of international transfer. However, my question is one of a domestic nature, given that the hon. member mentioned, at least a couple of times, that this was about protecting our most vulnera

September 22nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, as someone involved in law enforcement, the hon. member undoubtedly knows that the vast majority of conditional sentences are granted in cases that are less serious. Conditional sentences in more serious cases or for more serious offences are extremely rare. Given t

September 22nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, I do not think there is any denying the Statistics Canada information that shows that crime rates in this country are falling. Also, I do not think there is any denying that the tough on crime legislation in many American states has failed. Looking at those two, I w

September 22nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, I was interested to hear the minister's comments about the relative merits and the attractiveness of Canadian federal prisons. I am not sure if the minister is aware, but there are many provincial institutions that are absolutely stretched to the max. I was interes

September 22nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, the evidence is irrefutable that in the United States this tough on crime legislation, the increasing of mandatory minimum sentences, does not work. It is extremely costly. It costs $108,000 per year to house an inmate in a federal institution. Is that caring for o

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, I acknowledge that, yes, 40% of those who voted or roughly 25% of Canadians did support her party in the last election. I also acknowledge that there were significantly less who supported our party. However, I would point out that this absolutely flies in the face

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, the short answer to the question is, yes. It is most unfortunate that the bill has been presented in the manner that it has, putting together 110 pages and compiling 9 acts. If there were any room for movement, compromise, amendment or to have this bill severed u

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, I had hoped that I made that fairly clear in the course of my remarks. Lest there be any confusion, should the motion fail we will most certainly be voting against the bill.

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, here we go again, the language of division. This party and this member are not soft on crime. We are absolutely not backing criminals. I absolutely reject that suggestion and, quite frankly, it is offensive. We stand in favour of victims. We stand in favour of cri

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, today marks the second speech that I have given in the House. It has been a busy week. As some of the members may know, I am a new member of Parliament for the riding of Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation. I trust I will be allowed this opportunity to

September 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, I agree with my friend that that is a laudable objective, but the legislation misses the mark. The legislation, instead of offering a hand of compassion to refugees, says to them, “Welcome to Canada. Now we are going lock you up. We may or may not be back in 12 mont

September 20th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, it struck me in the course of preparing my remarks that when people come through the door of my constituency office in Charlottetown, they want to talk about jobs. They want to talk about the fact that the economic situation on Prince Edward Island and in Canada is s

September 20th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal