Resolutions adopted November 2015

1. Interdiction of passengers with proper documentation

Whereas:
  1. CBSA has acknowledged that it has provided recommendations to airlines that have resulted in the refusal to allow persons in Hungary to board flights to Canada on the alleged grounds of not possessing proper documentation to enter Canada;
  2. Hungary is a visa exempt country and the passengers in question possessed valid passports and no actual deficiency in their documents has been reported;
  3. The logical conclusion is that CBSA officials advised the airline that the persons in question were lying about their intentions to visit Canada temporarily, and were hiding an intention to remain permanently in Canada;
  4. CBSA’s recommendation was apparently based on the persons’ Roma ethnicity, which constitutes the use of racial profiling to prevent persons who have proper documentation from visiting Canada;
Therefore be it resolved:

that CCR advocate that CBSA stop recommending to airlines that passengers who possess proper documentation be prevented from boarding planes to Canada.

2. Representation of Hungarian Roma

Whereas:

A large number of Hungarian Roma have been so poorly represented by their lawyers that the law society sanctioned the lawyers;

Therefore be it resolved:

that the CCR advocate that the refused claimants who were represented by these lawyers sanctioned by the Law Society be allowed to return to Canada with full access to the RAD.

3. Return of claimants referred back to RPD after deportation

Whereas:
  1. Claimants have been deported while waiting for decisions from the Federal Court;
  2. Claimants were deported who subsequently become eligible for an appeal at the RAD;
Therefore be it resolved:

that the CCR advocate that those deported claimants that have subsequently been referred back to the RPD by the Federal Court or the RAD be brought back to Canada for re-examination by the RPD.

4. Social media

Whereas:
  1. Social media (including Facebook) are increasingly being used by CBSA and IRCC to investigate foreign nationals and/or permanent residents;
  2. There are serious concerns about how social media is used by these agencies.
Therefore be it resolved:

that the CCR advocate with CBSA and IRCC to develop appropriate policy in collaboration with the CCR about the use of social media and to make these policies available to the public.