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Controversial refugee legislation passes in the House of Commons | News | National Post

Two years after the federal Conservatives reached a widely celebrated consensus with the opposition to revamp Canada’s refugee system, the government has effectively used its majority muscle to replace that legislation with a new version that continues to draw widespread criticism.

Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, which seeks to deport so-called “bogus” refugees quicker and crack down on human-smugglers and illegal arrivals, cleared the House of Commons on Monday in a vote of 159-132, split along party lines.

Billed as a replacement to the Balanced Refugee Reform Act adopted during the previous minority Parliament but only set for implementation this month, the new legislation effectively reintroduces contentious elements that were omitted so the Tories could get the earlier version of the bill passed.

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