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Last-minute CBSA oversight, citizenship oath bills left for dead on Order Paper

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The drama isn’t over for bills on a tanker ban, solitary confinement, or environmental assessments, even after they passed into law.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's bill to create an independent body to oversee the CBSA, which he said was needed back in 2016, will likely die on the Order Paper, after it was sent to the Senate just two days before it rose for the summer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s bill to create a new oversight body for the Canada Border Services Agency is on its deathbed after being left behind on the Order Paper when the Senate adjourned for the summer, likely squashing his 2016 promise to put an independent set of eyes on the agency after the deaths of two people in CBSA custody, and a cascade of complaints made against agency employees.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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