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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 5.38 GMT

Canadian PM seeks support to resist illegal migration


We have an important bill before Parliament at this time to ensure that the government has the necessary tools to resist clandestine and illegal immigration, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters after he made a tour in the the MV Ocean Lady as he tries to drum up support for his government's immigration reforms.

"We want to encourage the other parties to reconsider their position in terms of opposing this bill," he said.

The Prime Minister said that the Conservative government is cracking down on illegal human smuggling and sending a message with its reforms that abuse of Canada's immigration system will not be tolerated.

In addition to Bill C-49, the Prime Minister says the federal government has appointed a special adviser on human smuggling and illegal migration, and strengthened co-operation with international partners to combat human smuggling, stated The Canadian Press.

The MV Ocean Lady is one of the two cargo ships that delivered hundreds of Tamil migrants to Canadian shores over the past two years.

The MV Ocean Lady brought 76 Sri Lankan migrants in October 2009; another 492 Sri Lankan migrants arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea last August.







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