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Why can’t Canada get rid of people we don’t want here?

By Phil Gurski      

Canada has deported people to countries where torture is a possibility and I cannot recall a single instance where those removed were in fact mistreated.

Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured last week in a scrum on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Is it just me or is it strange that an independent, secular democracy cannot make simple decisions on who it wants to allow to stay in the country? We are speaking here of immigrants, of course, since those lucky enough to have been born here have an inherent right to remain. A state should, one would think, have the ultimate authority to welcome anyone to its shores after having presumably taken into consideration factors such as demographic needs, national security, international humanitarian commitments, and an assessment of the benefits accruing through the admission of a given individual. Similarly, the state should have that same authority to remove someone who doesn’t belong, for reasons we will discuss. From what I gather, we in Canada are having a hard time doing this.

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