Date of Award


Publication Type


Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Willem de Lint


Social sciences



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In the wake of a 2006 change in the party in office for the Canadian government there were routine rearrangements in the House of Common's Standing Committees and Subcommittees. Novel changes came about with the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and committees associated with security ceasing to be connected to one another. Discourses in the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration were analysed using critical discourse analysis to examine participant roles with regards to power and mystification as evident in the discourse of the invited speakers/witnesses at the meetings on 'Refugee Issues' in the 1st Session of the 39th Parliament. Diversity in conceptualizations of security and how migrants are 'insecure' for Canada were prominent in the discourse. This makes it difficult for justice and human rights to come to fruition both in discourse and reality. Rose's (1999) conceptualization of security is relied upon as a tool of organization to demonstrate the complexity involved in discussions of the same topic that get 'lost in translation' between various perspectives.