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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 56
Monday, April 10, 2017, 3:30 p.m. to 5:02 p.m.
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Julie Béchard, Analyst
• Madalina Chesoi, Acting Analyst
Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
• Lawrence Barker, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, Registrar
• Hafeeza Bassirullah, Director of Education
• Christopher Daw, Chair of the Board of Directors
West Coast Domestic Workers' Association
• Natalie Drolet, Executive Director, Staff Lawyer
As an individual
• Richard Kurland, Lawyer and Policy Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the Committee resumed its study on immigration consultants.

Richard Kurland, by videoconference from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Natalie Drolet made statements and answered questions.


Jenny Kwan moved, — That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), that the Committee immediately undertake a study of land arrivals at Canada’s southern border, including: the impact of current realities at the border on safety and security of both refugees and Canadian society; the effective management of refugee claims at the border, within the context of Canada's international human rights obligations; and how to ensure an efficient and effective refugee determination process; that this study should be comprised of no less than five meetings; that IRCC department officials be in attendance for at least one of the meetings, that CBSA officials be in attendance for at least one of the meetings, and the RCMP officials be in attendance for at least one of the meetings; that the study be concluded and that the Committee report its findings to the House prior to June 9, 2017; and that pursuant to Standing Order 109, the government table a comprehensive response thereto.


Julie Dzerowicz moved, — That the debate be now adjourned.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Gary Anandasangaree, Randy Boissonnault, Julie Dzerowicz, Marwan Tabbara, Salma Zahid — 5;

NAYS: Jenny Kwan, Michelle Rempel, Bob Saroya, David Tilson — 4.

At 4:50 p.m., by unanimous consent and pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), it was agreed that the Committee continue to sit for ten (10) minutes.

Hafeeza Bassirullah and Chris Daw answered questions.

At 5:02 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee