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e-4758 (Citizenship and immigration)

Initiated by Maria Kartasheva from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The current process for evaluating immigration and citizenship applications unfairly places the burden on those facing political persecution to prove that foreign laws they're accused of violating aren't crimes in Canada, and this places undue stress to those who have suffered under autocratic regimes;
  • We propose an official list that automatically disqualifies political laws as valid reasons for denying refuge, humanitarian or other visas, or Canadian citizenship;
  • Autocratic regimes craft laws, for the purpose of political persecution, that look just to those unfamiliar with their political context, for example, in the Russian Federation, Articles 207.3, 280.3, and 284.2 were added to the Criminal Code after the Ukraine invasion to suppress truth about the war and persecute dissenters;
  • Implementing this list would streamline Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reviews, expediting applications for those persecuted under these laws, and preventing delays for those wrongly perceived as criminals; and
  • Political context for understanding these laws as political prosecution, not crimes, can be provided by the Canadian Ministry of Global Affairs, they already use this information to sanction regimes for human rights violations.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to establish a pre-approved list of laws used for political persecution that don’t have an equivalent in Canada, for the purpose of fast-tracking the evaluation of immigration and citizenship applications during the Prohibitions sections of said applications.
Open for signature
January 17, 2024, at 4:29 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 17, 2024, at 4:29 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Anita Vandenbeld (Ottawa West—Nepean)
April 19, 2024 (Petition No. 441-02391)
Photo - Anita Vandenbeld
Ottawa West—Nepean
Liberal Caucus