OTTAWA (CP) – Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says there's an easy way for foreign-born terror suspects to avoid spending years in jail in Canada- just agree to go back where they came from.
In a spirited defence of federal deportation policy, Day insisted Monday that Ottawa would be happy if anyone deemed a security threat would leave the country voluntarily.
"If they say no and they want to stay, they can start an appeal process that usually takes a few years," Day said outside the Commons.
"We can't allow a person who has been deemed a significant security threat to be free. So they are put in detention just while the appeal process runs its course. At any time they can leave, walk out, and return to their country of origin."
Critics say voluntary departure isn't a realistic option for people who have often fled to Canada precisely because they feared torture in their homelands because of their political beliefs.
But Day was unmoved by that argument.
"They may or they may not (face torture)," he said. "There are times when people claim refugee status and in fact, on investigation, they're not granted refugee status."
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