Bill C-31 represents what would be a serious deterioration in the treatment of refugees in Canada

Bill C-31: Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act is now referred to a parliamentary standing committee. The bill represents what would be a serious deterioration in the treatment of refugees in Canada, including:

  • Mandatory imprisonment of refugees who enter Canada without permission for twelve months without a hearing. Children will either be imprisoned with parents or separated from them.
  • If these refugees receive a positive determination in their case they are then prohibited from applying for permanent residence and from bringing their families to Canada for a least five years.
  • The Minister of Immigration has single-handed power to decide which countries are safe. Refugees from a country determined ‘safe’, even if they are members of a persecuted minority in that country, will have no access to an appeal and will be fast-tracked through the system in as few as 30 days.
  • If conditions in a country of origin should change, previously recognized refugees may be stripped of permanent resident status deported.

For a discussion of a biblical response to refugees you might like to read my online article: Immigration, Refugees and the Old Testament.

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About Mark Glanville

Mark Glanville is a pastor-scholar who ministers in a missional urban community, Grandview Church, Vancouver. Mark is Professor of Old Testament and congregational studies at the Missional Training Center, Phoenix (, and he teaches at Regent College, Vancouver. Mark's research focusses upon the Pentateuch, biblical ethics, and mission. Mark has authored "Adopting the Stranger as Kindred" (SBL, 2018), "Reading Exodus: Society Reshaped by Kinship" (Lexham, forthcoming), numerous refereed articles (including in the Journal of Biblical Literature (2018), Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2019), and Refuge Journal (2013)) and chapters on the Pentateuch, mission, and refugee related issues, as well as numerous popular articles. Mark is presently co-authoring a book, "Providing Refuge: A Missional and Political Theology." Mark is called upon to speak on in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. His previous career was as a jazz pianist in Sydney, Australia (Chick Corea and Wynton Kelly are his musical heroes).
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