What a sad day for Canadian politics! All day today, millions of us were entranced by the epic beginning of the struggle against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s draconian Budget Bill C-38. In the meantime, the Conservatives used their majority advantage in the House of Commons to pass Immigration minister Jason Kenney‘s backward-looking legislation, Bill C-31. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act cleared the Commons by a 159-132 vote.
After the vote, the NDP’s immigration and citizenship critic Jinny Sims said on Twitter: “This is taking Canada in the wrong direction.”
“There is nothing in this bill that will go after smugglers in a way that they’re going to catch those international smugglers. This is really about punishing the most vulnerable citizens when they arrive here, putting their lives at risk and when they get here, we’re going to throw them in prison,” she said.