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Citizenship and Immigration committee  Paragraph 38(1)(c) is what we wish to see repealed. Excessive—

November 20th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  If I may, Chair, I would also like to say on the record that Canada is behind nearly a dozen countries that have no excessive demand provision. These are countries that, as was repeatedly said, we are competing with for talent. Most of Scandinavia, our friends to the south, the U

November 20th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Quite simply, we have to repeal this section. It is in complete violation of our international obligations, and any reasonable assessment would prove that. It is a violation. What is ironic is that we ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the

November 20th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Good evening, committee. I'm a Jamaican lawyer working with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network where I collaborate with local groups to challenge HIV in the Caribbean. As a Caribbean immigrant to Canada, I'm aware of our shared history of discriminatory colonial-era laws. Canad

November 20th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Everybody has good points and bad points. We are certainly very pleased with the constitutional framework that South Africa has, for example, but the challenge has been operationalizing that. There's a need for more domesticated sensitivity training. Canada has a very good progr

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  That's a very good question. The person who arrives as an HIV refugee is put into the system and is supported once they are granted refugee status. I would say that the current model works well. I am not aware of it being a particularly onerous process once the person has been g

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I would say yes. The fact is, if advocates are able to address the human rights challenges in their home countries, this will stymie a lot of the ripple effect that we are in fact trying to cauterize. For example, if advocates in a country are able to campaign for equality, we wo

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  There has been a lot of tracking done of the amounts of money that go from the global north, particularly religious groups, to support anti-gay efforts back home. The figure is staggering, and it's not surprising, because they have a captive audience every weekend. Every Saturday

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I certainly would agree with that recommendation, yes.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I'm sure Erica has distributed the medical inadmissibility brief. I wasn't able to print it out for you, I'm sorry. The brief describes the challenges that the medical inadmissibility regime currently poses for persons who would, under normal circumstances, qualify as immigrants.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The way to identify persons or to verify persons who are LGBTQ is to address the recommendation I made here. A lot of the time, working with and supporting the local groups on the ground, who know the reality, can provide the kind of supporting evidence that you need. Canada sho

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The short answer is yes. I believe in relation to the internally displaced we especially need to have in-country processing for LGBTQ persons. Requiring people to flee to Canada almost requires them to be rich before they can be refugees. They have to prove that they have assets

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  As I explained, Jamaica is not a quiet society, so this music is played on buses and cars everywhere, Monday to Friday, and this is the reverberation that people hear. Then, they go to church, because everybody has to go to church in Jamaica—it's not an option—and the rhetoric is

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  As I said, my situation is unique. I had resources. I have a security protocol when I return home to protect myself, so I can visit my mother.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Exactly. For those who don't have those resources and would like to reunite with their families or bring their families here, I would hope that it is easier for them to bring their families. The fact is that, if they go home and they are identified and they have no security bub

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Maurice Tomlinson