May 27, 2014
Statement by the Official Opposition on LGBT Ugandans Being Denied Visas to come to Canada for the World Conference on Human Rights during World Pride
Craig Scott (Toronto—Danforth) made the following statement regarding the denial of visas:
Months ago, I reached out to the Minister because I was worried visa denials of this sort could happen, given how much power is in the hands of individual CIC officers to decide on visitor-visa applications.
My hope was that some form of ministerial guidance could ensure a smooth visa process for the World Conference. I am disappointed that this does not seem to have worked so far in the case of applicants from Uganda.
However, I am also heartened that ministerial staff have responded with alacrity to the concerns I expressed to them once a pattern of visa denials began to emerge. New Democrats are hopeful that the fresh application process they have put in place will result in expedited – and favourable – re-assessments.