New Directions - A Ministerial Review in Review


  • Michael Lanphier York University



Canada, New Directions, Not Just Numbers, policy, legislation, refugees, protection, administration


The Ministerial review, "Building on a Strong Foundation for the 21st Century: New Directions" attempts to solidify certain recommendations from the December 1997 "Not Just Numbers" report of the Legislative Review Advisory Group. The present review does not qualify as a "white paper" as its guidelines are suggestive and incomplete, rather than being convertible into an integrated set of legislative proposals in a parliamentary bill. Its guidelines stress the need for greater and more transparent accountability of immigration regulations and administration. This emphasis is evident both for immigration and refugee policy, the latter to be distinguished by creation of a special Protection Agency. Protection, a term undefined in the document, is twinned with control of abuse as administrative preoccupations. Overall, the guidelines stress administrative vigilance over humanitarian objectives to which Canada is committed as signatory to many international instruments.


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How to Cite

Lanphier, M. (1999). New Directions - A Ministerial Review in Review. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 18(1), 4–11.

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