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Proposed act to bring oversight, accountability to CBSA

Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman says she supports independent oversight of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and wonders if a new private member’s bill will go far enough to bring transparency and accountability to the agency.

"My hope is that this legislation goes far enough,” says Seligman, principal of Seligman Professional Corporation. “I’m in favour of independent oversight of CBSA and this bill has to have some teeth in order to be effective. There has to be accountability, remedies and there has to be proper procedures and processes followed.”

Bill S-205 — An Act to amend the Canada Border Services Agency Act (Inspector General of the Canada Border Services Agency) — had its frst reading in December 2015, and its second reading and referral to committee in April 2016.

Peter Baraian