Harper government to appeal ruling reversing ‘cruel’ cuts to refugee health; “They [the Conservatives] don’t like the Charter … but it is the law of the land.”

Federal government to appeal ruling reversing ‘cruel’ cuts to refugee health, Federal Court earlier gave Ottawa 4 months to make changes by Laura Payton, July 4, 2014, CBC News

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The federal government will appeal a court decision overturning its cuts to refugee health-care funding, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said today. Earlier Friday, the Federal Court released a decision giving the government four months to change federal cuts to refugee health care. The court threatened to strike down the changes. … The appeal goes to the Federal Court of Appeal, but could end up in the Supreme Court if one side challenges the Federal Court of Appeal’s eventual decision.

Liberal immigration critic John McCallum credited the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for protecting refugee health care…. “I think it’s a great day for refugees who are extremely vulnerable, for the Ontario government which stood up to the government on this, and for Canada,” McCallum said.

“They [the Conservatives] don’t like the Charter … but it is the law of the land.” [Emphasis added]

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