Friday, August 28, 2015
Benjamin Perrin is an associate professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.
Benjamin Perrin is an associate professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1 Opponent of Human Trafficking
2 Political career
3 Commentary in the Media
Opponent of Human Trafficking
Perrin is involved with human trafficking research and activism, and wrote the 2010 book Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking. This book deals extensively with a gang of pimps called North Preston's Finest and includes an account of the disappearance of Jessie Foster. Perrin received a George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature nomination for having written this book. Perrin helped Joy Smith develop the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. In the 2009 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report by the United States Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, he was the only Canadian named a TIP Hero. Perrin spoke at the news conference at the Vancouver American consulate during which the TIP report was released, and he called for Stephen Harper "to announce that he will enact a national action plan to combat human trafficking to follow up on the measures that his government has already taken." Perrin said that not having such a plan in place makes Canada look bad internationally and also prevents the issue of human trafficking from being adequately addressed. Perrin argued that, if the plan was to be effective, it needed to establish a strategy for preventing human trafficking, protecting victims, and prosecuting traffickers. He further said that the establishment of a national action plan on this issue "should be a priority for our federal government to end this atrocious crime that is flourishing in Canada."
He moved to Ottawa, Ontario in the late 1990s in order to become a policy intern for the Reform Party of Canada.
He eventually was appointed "Special Adviser and Legal Counsel to the Prime Minister", and acted as a lead policy adviser in the PMO on subjects of relevance to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, theDepartment of Justice, and Public Safety Canada.
In 2013, Perrin was implicated in the Canadian Senate expenses scandal. Perrin was named in an "Information to Obtain" police request related to the scandal. In a letter to the RCMP’s assistant commissioner Gilles Michaud, the PCO said it had informed the Prime Minister’s Office that emails from Perrin, who allegedly helped broker a deal between Nigel Wright and Sen. Mike Duffy were not deleted, as had mistakenly been believed, following Perrin’s abrupt departure from the PMO in March 2013. The PCO letter states the account was not deleted, as is standard practice, but in fact frozen due to unrelated litigation. In April 2013, Perrin left the Office of the Prime Minister and took up a position on the Faculty of Law at UBC. On 30 July 2014, the Law Society of British Columbia announced that it closed its file related to Perrin's alleged role in the affair because the complaint was not valid. On 25 October 2014, the Law Society of Upper Canada also reported that after fully investigating, it had no concerns whatsoever with Perrin's conduct as a lawyer.
Commentary in the Media
Perrin has published op-ed pieces on international affairs and Canadian criminal justice issues.
On 26 March 2014, Perrin wrote an op-ed piece in support of Stephen Harper's policy of "significant long-term diplomatic and economic consequences" for Russian involvement in the 2014 Crimean crisis, which Perrin characterised as "naked aggression".
On 4 June 2014, Perrin wrote an op-ed piece about religious persecution in China, and called for the immediate release of human right's lawyer Gao Zhisheng.
On 9 June 2014, Perrin wrote an op-ed piece about reforming Canada's prostitution laws in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford.
On 24 June 2014, Perrin wrote an op-ed piece calling for amendments to the proposed Victims' Bill of Rights to provide victims of crime with enforceable legal rights.
On 26 September 2014, Perrin wrote an op-ed piece related to the killing of Surrey, B.C., teenager Serena Vermeersch and the charging of Raymond Caissie. Perrin argued that existing laws are inadequate to protect the public from high-risk violent offenders.
Jump up^ http://www.allard.ubc.ca/
^ Jump up to:a b "Local authors up for Ryga award". Kamloops This Week. August 4, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
Jump up^ Julian Sher (October 15, 2010). "Sex trafficking: A national disgrace". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
^ Jump up to:a b "National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking Required". The Filipino Journal 7 (9). September 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
Jump up^ "2009 TIP Report Heroes". United States Department of State. 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
^ Jump up to:a b "U.S. tells Canada: Harsher sentences needed for sex traffickers". The News. June 17, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
Jump up^ Tamara Cherry (June 14, 2010). "Report, experts call for national strategy on human trafficking". The London Free Press. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
Jump up^ Stephen Maher (October 25, 2013). "MPs demand answers over role of Tory lawyer Arthur Hamilton in Mike Duffy spending affair". Postmedia News. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
^ Jump up to:a b Andrea Janus (May 20, 2013). "PM's former legal advisor arranged deal for Wright to give Duffy $90K". CTV News. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
Jump up^ Michael Den Tandt (October 29, 2013). "Michael Den Tandt: Where is Stephen Harper’s famous resourcefulness in the Senate scandal?". National Post.
Jump up^ G+M: "Documents: Stunning revelations from the investigation into Duffy's expenses, residency" 5 Jul 2013
Jump up^ ctvnews.ca: "Ex-PMO lawyer's emails not deleted: PCO to RCMP" 1 Dec 2013
Jump up^ / "B.C. law society won't investigate former PMO lawyer Benjamin Perrin" 30 Jul 2014
Jump up^ / "Case closed on lawyers in Mike Duffy-Nigel Wright affair" 25 Oct 2014
Jump up^ "Harper leads charge to expel Russia from G8, ramp up sanctions" 24 Mar 2014
^ Jump up to:a b G+M: "The West’s response to Putin is joke on the free world" (Perrin) 26 Mar 2014
Jump up^ "Perrin: China is a dangerous place to express your Christian faith" 4 Jun 2014
Jump up^ "The right way to fight prostitution" 9 Jun 2014
Jump up^ "Benjamin Perrin: Without enforceability provisions, Harper’s ‘Canadian Victims Bill of Rights’ won’t do much for victims" 24 Jun 2014
Jump up^ "Benjamin Perrin: Keep violent offenders behind bars" 26 Sept 2014