Even before the M/V Sun Sea arrived in BC last August carrying 490 Tamil migrants, Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews called its occupants “suspected human smugglers and terrorists.” This isn’t the first time Canada has experienced anti-migrant hysteria. And, it is this language that set the tone for Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney’s Bill C-49 “Preventing Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act.” Today we speak with Nanky Rai, a community organizer with the migrant justice group Health4All and a graduate student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto about why her organization opposes the Bill. Listen here.
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