Supporters of No One Is Illegal -- Toronto hold creative actions as part of the July 24 National Day of Action against Jason Kenney, Minister of Censorship and Deportation.
Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney is known as the Minister of Censorship and Deportation because of his record as one of the most repressive immigration ministers in Canadian history. Deportations have increased, while the number of people accepted as refugees and sponsored family members have drastically dropped. Instead, Kenney has increased the number of temporary workers who are constantly exploited for their labour. His new refugee bill creates a racist two tier system based on nationality, and he has called a wide range of migrants -- from Mexicans to the War Resisters "bogus". Under his regime, an Eritrean refugee committed suicide from fear of a pending deportation, and a young woman was murdered upon her deportation to Mexico.
Kenney is also a staunch supporter of imperialism, stifling anti war voices such as George Galloway and the Canadian Arab Federation. Kenney's neoconservative values are obvious in his comments and actions: pulling Canada out of the Durban World Conference Against Racism; introducing a citizenship guide that omits the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities; defending Quebec Bill C 94 that discriminates against women who wear the niqab; and stating that immigrants are not integrating well into (colonial) Canada.
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