Canada Border Services Agency—Detention of Refugee ChildrenPublished on 28 November 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Mobina Jaffer
Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer:
Honourable senators, my question is to the leader. This is not a question that I have asked before or that I’m asking again. It is to do with refugee children or children who have failed their applications in jail.
On May 30, Minister Goodale appeared before the Defence Committee. I asked him about the detainment of children by the CBSA. He promised me then that he would work with the CBSA to stop the detention of migrant children.
Recent reports on Canada’s history of detaining children have proven concerning. On October 4, 2016, the Montreal Gazette reported that in the past four years, 242 children have been detained by the CBSA, often failed refugee claims.
Leader, I’m asking you — and I know that you may not be able to answer this, and I respect that, but if you can again ask the minister. He had said in May that he would look at this immediately. I am still waiting for an answer. When are we going to hear that the children are no longer being detained?