Conservatives bow to pressure, amend parts of controversial refugee bill
Published On Wed, 09 May 2012
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the Conservative government will amend parts of a controversial refugee bill after criticism from refugee advocacy groups.
Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Canadian Press
OTTAWA—The Conservative government proposed amendments to a controversial new refugee bill on Wednesday, but critics say they still have major concerns with the legislation.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney admitted he was prompted to introduce some changes to Bill C-31 by months of outrage from refugee advocacy groups and Opposition critics.
“I believe it’s not right for the government to take the position that the original bill is the only option possible,” he said.
“I’m open to other reasonable ideas … and I believe the modifications are in agreement with our objectives.”read more