Overseas Decisions Bulletin



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Supreme Court of Canada: 2015 SCC 59.
Judgment delivered: 27 November 2015.
Coram: McLachlin CJ, Abella, Rothstein, Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Wagner and Gascon JJ.
Catchwords:
Constitutional law — Charter of Rights — Right to liberty — Fundamental justice — Overbreadth — People smuggling — Migrants seeking refugee status in Canada charged with offence of organizing, inducing, aiding or abetting persons coming into Canada without valid documentation — Trial judge finding that offence provision overbroad and therefore unconstitutional because it criminalizes not only organized people smuggling, but helping close family members to come to Canada and humanitarian assistance to refugees — Whether offence provision infringes s. 7 of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — If so, whether infringement justifiable under s. 1 of Charter — If no, what is appropriate remedy for constitutional infirmity — Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27 , s. 117.
Immigration law — Offences — People smuggling — Migrants seeking refugee status in Canada charged with offence of organizing, inducing, adding or abetting persons coming into Canada without valid documentation — Whether offence provision unconstitutional — Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27 , s. 117.



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