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Controversial refugee legislation passes in the House of Commons

posted Jul 8, 2012, 5:19 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jul 8, 2012, 5:19 PM ]
Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News  Jun 12, 2012 – 12:08 PM ET National Post

Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, which seeks to deport so-called “bogus” refugees quicker and crack down on human-smugglers and illegal arrivals, cleared the House of Commons on Monday in a vote of 159-132, split along party lines.

Billed as a replacement to the Balanced Refugee Reform Act adopted during the previous minority Parliament but only set for implementation this month, the new legislation effectively reintroduces contentious elements that were omitted so the Tories could get the earlier version of the bill passed.