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The Hon. Joan  Fraser, B.A. Senator Joan Fraser is well-known to Canadians as a journalist and commentator. Appointed to the Senate on September 17, 1998, by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Joan Fraser represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of De Lorimier.

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Regulations for Refugee Status

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Statement made on 16 March 2010 by Senator Claudette Tardif

Hon. Claudette Tardif (Deputy Leader of the Opposition):

Honourable senators, I want to begin by thanking the Leader of the Government in the Senate for her diligence in following up last Thursday with her colleague, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

I would like to return to the topic raised by Senator Dallaire: the deportation of Rwandan nationals. Following the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Canada imposed a moratorium on deportations to Rwanda. The moratorium was lifted on January 23, 2010, at a time when the government was advising its own citizens not to travel to Rwanda and when many cases of persecution and 16 cases of murder of witnesses to genocide had recently been reported. Why, then, was the moratorium lifted?

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