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Visa issues for AIDS conference leaves ‘black mark’ for Canada amid questions over discriminatory processing: opposition MPs

By Neil Moss      

'This is an international conference and people are already saying that the government is embarking on a process that discriminates against certain participants,' says NDP MP Jenny Kwan.

A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, pictured, says IRCC processed 'over 93 per cent' of applications it received prior to the start of the AIDS conference. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With furor over delays in processing entry visa applications and allegations over wrongful rejections, opposition MPs say Canada’s customs regime is a “black mark” and hurting its global image.

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Cole Davidson exits as Liberal research bureau comms head

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RCMP Act must be ‘carefully examined’ to protect police independence from political interference, says senior civilian Mountie

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Parliamentarians back Canadian delegations to Taiwan in face of China’s threatening response to Pelosi’s visit

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News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Abbas Rana
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