Introduced under another signature defensive title, the Conservatives' Bill C-31: "Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act", combines exclusionary refugee measures from Bill C-4 (“Protecting Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System”) and Bill C-11 (“Balanced Refugee Reform Act”). Both C-4 and -11 were previously proposed but rejected by opposition while the Conservatives were a minority in Parliament.
On December 18, 2000 the United Nations celebrated the first International Migrants Day (also known as the Global Day of Action Against Racism and for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People). The date was chosen to commemorate the UN's international convention in 1990 which protects the rights of migrants and their families. The day raises awareness about the human and labour rights of migrant workers.
On April 4, No One Is Illegal - Toronto and community and labour allies organized "Up Against the Temp Shop: The May Day Assembly on Immigrant Rights" featuring Ai-Jen Poo, Lee Maracle, David McNally and Farrah Miranda. For more information about the event and speakers visit toronto.nooneisillegal.org.