Ron Poulton

Ron Poulton

Immigration lawyer Ronald Poulton will attempt to steer the reader over the ever-changing landscape of immigration law and policy to ask the question: What's law got to do with it?

He can be reached by email or via his website.

From checkbox decision to a full sentence or two; reasoning in immigration law evolves!

Recent F.C. ruling held that SCC’s decision in Vavilov raised the bar for “sufficient reasons”

What striking down of the Safe Third Country Agreement says about Canada: it’s in the small print!

Complicity in the commission of a crime is as much a crime as the crime itself, says Ron Poulton

Justice for procedural reasons is still justice

SCOTUS ruling on DACA was death by fair procedure and justice served cold, writes Ron Poulton

The new grappling game of administrative law

Vavilov entrenched requirement to grapple with arguments before tribunals, writes Ronald Poulton

Correcting reasonableness: the SCC repairs Dunsmuir

There was a marked dissent in high court’s revisiting of standard of review, writes Ronald Poulton

One chance if by land, two if by sea for refugees

One chance if by land, two if by sea for refugees

Those arriving to Canada via the U.S. should have equal rights to refugee status, says immigration lawyer Ron Poulton

Wine labelling ignites Israel-Palestine conflict in Federal Court

Wine labelling ignites Israel-Palestine conflict in Federal Court

Ron Poulton argues the decision puts Canada on the right side of the issue

Re-opening at the IAD; justice overcomes nonsense

One of the most confusing aspects of reporting conditions for a non-citizen in Canada under reporting terms is the simple fact that Canada Border Services Agency and the Immigration and Refugee Board are not the same entities.

SCC forces habeus corpus into the scandalous immigration detention review process

In Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v. Chhina, 2019 SCC 29, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the ancient writ of habeas corpus as having direct application to non-citizens held in immigration detention — held as in held and held and held and held for lengthy, protracted periods of detention with no apparent hope of release

The Federal Court slices and dices more Harper law

Canadian Courts have been systematically erasing the Harper legacy in immigration and refugee law since Harper relinquished power to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his crew in 2015 – and rightly so. Now we have a new rebuke of human rights law carrying the stain of political whims – an apt description of how Harper’s government carried on refugee law. Whims usually don’t lead to smart decision-making. Perhaps even less so when those whims are politically driven, and not based on reason, logic or any sense of compassion.