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    Recently a student in Canada had their citizenship revoked as her mother had put false information on their application but now that a Canadian MP has admitted that her mother lied about her country of birth they want to change the law, whether you agree with the law or not it has to be said changing it just to protect your friends is unacceptable.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/05...protect-monsef

    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/ca...tuation-lawyer
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    (Original post by joecphillips)
    Recently a student in Canada had their citizenship revoked as her mother had put false information on their application but now that a Canadian MP has admitted that her mother lied about her country of birth they want to change the law, whether you agree with the law or not it has to be said changing it just to protect your friends is unacceptable.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/05...protect-monsef

    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/ca...tuation-lawyer
    Yes, but this does seem to be becoming an increasing problem in Canada. There is also the case of the "Canadian" children of the Russian spies. When it happens to someone close to you, it brings home the problem.

    Most people had no doubt assumed that this law affected children who were still dependant on recent immigrants. As such it prevents the creation of "anchor " children. However, when it starts affecting adults decades later then a nation of immigrants no longer feels secure. Who has confidence their parents didn't embroider some bit of their background to improve their application?


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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    Yes, but this does seem to be becoming an increasing problem in Canada. There is also the case of the "Canadian" children of the Russian spies. When it happens to someone close to you, it brings home the problem.

    Most people had no doubt assumed that this law affected children who were still dependant on recent immigrants. As such it prevents the creation of "anchor " children. However, when it starts affecting adults decades later then a nation of immigrants no longer feels secure. Who has confidence their parents didn't embroider some bit of their background to improve their application?


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    The problem isn't that they are considering changing the law it is that they were perfectly happy to keep it how it was until a MP was found to be in breach of the law, if it was anyone else they would have their citizenship revoked but it isn't likely here because one woman is a MP with connections the other is just a student, the law has to be applied to everyone equally.
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    (Original post by joecphillips)
    The problem isn't that they are considering changing the law it is that they were perfectly happy to keep it how it was until a MP was found to be in breach of the law, if it was anyone else they would have their citizenship revoked but it isn't likely here because one woman is a MP with connections the other is just a student, the law has to be applied to everyone equally.
    In the real world politicians often only notice flaws in laws when something happens to them or someone they know or someone who is able in some way to secure personal access to the politician.


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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    Yes, but this does seem to be becoming an increasing problem in Canada. There is also the case of the "Canadian" children of the Russian spies. When it happens to someone close to you, it brings home the problem.

    Most people had no doubt assumed that this law affected children who were still dependant on recent immigrants. As such it prevents the creation of "anchor " children. However, when it starts affecting adults decades later then a nation of immigrants no longer feels secure. Who has confidence their parents didn't embroider some bit of their background to improve their application?
    Monsef made the misrepresentation herself, and she is not in danger in Iran as she recently voluntarily moved back there for work.

    I accept that she "looks the part" as a Canadian citizen but what you are proposing amounts to legalisation of lying on immigration documents. While there are serious consequences for it it affects a few people in strange corner cases but when there are no consequences for it immigration fraud will become ubiquitous.

    Another factor here is that Trudeau placed this very young woman of no particular distinction in his cabinet to make a point about the desirability of the refugee system. As it turns out she isn't a refugee, she is an economic immigrant who abused the system to move to Canada from a safe but poor country. So the fact she broke the law is as intimately connected with her political career as the attempt to shield her from the consequences.
 
 
 
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