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...rambling rants, thoughts and musings on mostly political topics - from your late night blogger.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Bureaucracy run amok 
(en francais)

A Belgian family who have lived and worked in Canada for 8 years, managing a farm and running their own small business, are facing deportation. Why? A document detailing Michel Van Hauve's shoplifting conviction from 20 years ago was attached to the wrong piece of paper.

He didn't try to hide the conviction. Immigration always had a record of the offence, it was just attached to the wrong form.

For this, the family is supposed to leave Canada, wait a year and then re-apply.
Congratulations to Randy Hillier and the Lanark Landowners Association for taking on this family's cause.
"We are nobodies now"
By EARL McRAE - Ottawa Sun
It wasn't until the family applied for permanent residency status last August, says Hillier, that the government brought up the criminal-charge document, saying it was misattached in Van Hauve's thick files to a wrong document and therefore was "invalid," the family would have to be sent back to Belgium for a minimum 12 months before it could reapply.

Paul Synnott at 4:33 AM    | en francais | Go to Top|


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