Independent Quebec would deal more quickly with asylum seekers: PQ
The party’s position is in a series of leaflets and videos aimed at promoting independence and educating the electorate.
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Lisée was in Montreal Tuesday to present the first series of seven capsules that dealt with the benefits of a sovereign Quebec as it pertains to topics including border management, health-care financing, pensions and pipelines.
The border position states an independent Quebec would not sign the Safe Third Country Agreement, allowing asylum seekers to cross at regular channels instead of trudging through forests.
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Lisée says the lengthy time to process applications – as long as three years – is due to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to grant those seeking asylum most of the rights of a Canadian citizen as soon as they arrive in the country.
He says an independent Quebec would draw inspiration from European countries, where an applicant’s asylum status is considered different from that of a citizen and the process moves far more quickly.
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