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Mr. Bill Siksay (BurnabyóDouglas, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on Tuesday a student and women's activist was deported from Vancouver to Iran. This woman, who had previously been jailed in Iran for her political activism, today stands charged in an Islamic revolutionary court for leaving Iran illegally. She could face the death penalty on this charge. Her immediate family all live in Canada.

    How can the Deputy Prime Minister justify this deportation, given that just last month Canada tabled a resolution at the United Nations about Iran's unacceptable human rights record and its treatment of women?

    Hon. Anne McLellan (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we have one of the most generous systems as it relates to immigration and refugees anywhere in the world but we expect people to obey the rules, and in fact if people come here illegally they are obviously requested to leave. They have the opportunity to have a pre-removal risk assessment done. That risk assessment takes into account what the individual will face in all likelihood if deported to a particular country. At the end of the day, we have a system--