Peter Showler is Director of the Refugee Forum, University of Ottawa, and Co-chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Association of Refugee Laws (CARL). He gave the following presentation on Parliament Hill on Monday, June 17.
Good morning, Thank you all for being here and we all know why we are here.
For three days this week, the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) will appear in federal court to make its case against Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney. Just over four years ago, Kenney targeted CAF in response to its opposition to Israel's war on Gaza, and for criticizing the Canadian government's refusal to back a ceasefire. Without any consultation and ignoring his own department's rules and procedures, Kenney unilaterally cut federal funding for CAF's acclaimed immigration settlement program and abruptly ended an 11-year relationship with CAF.