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Citizenship and Immigration committee  There was one investment that I do recall. We can get the particulars for the committee. I know that Minister Goodale went to Manitoba back in the winter—

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  —and there was an investment given to the local town, I think. We can get that information for you.

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Our support in terms of settlement starts when the person attains protected status. You're correct that we do not fund directly folks who are waiting for that status. The system has been such that it's the provinces who do that.

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I must say, I'm not familiar with the bill. We're happy to look into that.

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes, we review the situation in the U.S. vis-à-vis the safe third on a regular basis. We have done that just within the past few months, and when we look at their human rights record, whether or not they're still a signatory to the UN convention and the convention against torture

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Outside formal reviews, we continue to monitor what happens in the U.S. We look at things like executive orders. Mr. MacDonald spoke about the fact that we regularly have discussions, have meetings with our colleagues in the U.S. We talk to NGOs, to the UNHCR. We take very seriou

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  It's hard to know if the 50% were rejected in the U.S. It's not necessarily the case that the folks who arrive between the ports of entry have a failed asylum claim in the U.S. We'd have to dig into those details a little more. The other piece that's interesting is that if you l

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Absolutely. In the context of the budget last year, our minister was asked to conduct an independent review. The minister has engaged with Mr. Neil Yeates, who perhaps some of you met. He was the former deputy minister of our department. In what the review is looking at, real

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I'd like to say a few words. Mr. Cloutier spoke about this at our meeting last week. Certainly there are lots of conversations going on about different responses that are possible. I think what you're referring to is the concept of pop-up, where suddenly you make a new port of en

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I might just add just a reference, and I'm sure you're aware of this, Mr. Chair and members. There is an independent review of the IRB going on right now. Our minister was asked to do that review, so that comes in—

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  —and is very much a key part of this process.

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  That would be CBSA, but we could follow up on that.

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I can perhaps add to that. Just about 1,600 have actually been sent back to the U.S. through the STCA, the safe third country agreement. I am not exactly sure if all those 1,600 have come in between ports of entry. They would have come through at the land border, because the safe

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Public Safety committee  We're not aware, post the 2002 negotiation, that governments tried to renegotiate. We're not aware of that.

September 28th, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon

Public Safety committee  I've read that same article, but I can't verify that the negotiation or the attempt actually happened.

September 28th, 2017Committee meeting

Paul MacKinnon