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Mr. Max Berger (Individual Presentation): Thank you. I’m an immigration lawyer specializing in refugee matters and I’ve been appearing before the Refugee Board several times a week since its creation in 1989. I am very much against the agreement, but if it is going to see the light of day, I’d like to use some of my experience to make sure that the regulations are as good as possible. I have raised five points that I feel are particularly problematic with the proposed regulations, and I’d like to go through each of the five. The first concern is that the principle that a claimant will receive fair refugee hearing in either Canada or the United States is compromised by widely varying acceptance rates for nationals of specific countries, depending on whether the claim is heard in Canada or the United States. Perhaps you can imagine a claimant from country X…

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