Hark! Word comes from Ottawa of the vaunted channel change from SNC-Lavalin!
With everyone busy rubbernecking the multi-car, highway-closing SNC-Lavalin pile up, Finance Minister Bill Morneau went ahead and tabled his budget implementation bill. And buried in that 392-page (!) behemoth was a change to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that would make it harder to claim refugee status in Canada.
To take things in order: 1) yes, there was a federal budget his year; 2) yes, it is being jammed through the House via an omnibus bill, (which the Liberals promised never to do); 3) yes, omnibus legislation is how Liberals tucked the deferred prosecution agreements into the criminal code for SNC last year; and 4) the Liberals are now massive hypocrites.
Trudeau’s vaunted “Welcome to Canada” poster is now festooned with giant brand-damaging caveats: If you, dear asylum-seeker, have opened a claim for refugee protection in another country, have already made an unsuccessful claim in Canada, been deemed inadmissible because of your criminal record, or been granted refugee protection elsewhere, your claim is now ineligible for consideration.
And if all of that sounds like common sense to you, welcome to where federal and provincial Conservatives have been for the past three years. Or, as the Liberals used to call it: being un-Canadian.