Some Issues respecting Stowaways and Deserters: The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations

Author: Peter Swanson


Mass smuggling of people by ship is not new, but it certainly attracts the attention of the press. This is especially true in light of the relatively recent arrivals on our shores of vessels like the SUN SEA and OCEAN LADY, events which specifically prompted the Federal government to take legislative steps to enhance marine security. For example, before the election was called, Bill C-49, an Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Balanced Refugee Reform Act and the Marine Transportation Security Act had passed first reading in the House. And now that the election is over, it is quite probable that similar draft legislation will be reintroduced to Parliament to tighten up our laws in this area.

About Peter Swanson

Peter is a founding partner of the firm with over 30 years of professional legal experience. He practices primarily in the fields of maritime and health law. Peter’s maritime case work involves vessel arrest and security, carriage of goods by sea, enforcement of maritime liens, civil and regulatory liability for ship source pollution, collision, port state intervention, immigration, bodily injury,… view full profile »