#89 – The Implications of the Supreme Court decision in Mason v. Canada (PSEP)

Mason v. Canada was a Supreme Court of Canada decision which assessed whether inadmissibility on security grounds for engaging in violence required a nexus to national security.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision clarified the interpretation of “inadmissibility on security grounds” under section 34(1)(e) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (the “IRPA”). The Court ruled that to deem someone inadmissible under this provision, there must be a direct link between the acts of violence committed and a threat to national security. This decision overturned a Federal Court of Appeal which had permitted a broader interpretation that did not require such a link to national security.

#88 – The history of Canadian deportation law, with Simon Wallace

“When and why did Canada develop the legal powers to detain and deport immigrants?” This is the question asked by Simon Wallace, a PhD Student at Osgoode Hall Law School and refugee lawyer, in his paper published in Queen’s Law Journal titled “Police Authority is Necessary”: The Canadian Origins of the Legal Powers to Detain and Deport, 1893 – 1902. The paper can be found here – https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4497377 Mr. Wallace joins us today to discuss the origins of Canadian deportation law and its initial targeting of Romanian Jewish refugees.