New Democrats are challenging the Conservative government to recognize its mistake and pay the bill for the Benhmuda family’s unfair 2008 deportation to Libya.
“It is offensive that this government is asking for a refund for the cost of an unfair deportation,” said Official Opposition Citizenship and Immigration Critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds--Dollard). “This deportation led directly to the imprisonment and torture of Adel Benhmuda at the hands of the Gadhafi regime.”
In October, 2012, Justice Mary Gleason ruled that Canadian visa officials in Rome acted with a “lack of objectivity” in their treatment of the Benhmuda family’s application to return to Canada. Now immigration officials are demanding that the Benhmudas pay $6,800 to return to the country where two of their children were born.
“I am calling on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to waive these fees on compassionate grounds,” added Blanchette-Lamothe. “Given the trials the Benhmudas have been through and the manner in which Canadians officials have treated them, this is the only reasonable option going forward.”