Illness may force family out of CanadaI call bullshit on Mme Roy - and she, as well as her (politicized) like-minded Jason (Mr. Rapture) Kenney minions, can just go fuck themselves (there - I said it!) with their self-serving, hypocritical claims of "compassion".
A French family who immigrated to Montreal after being wooed by a Canadian embassy official in Paris have been told they must leave the country because their daughter has cerebral palsy and places an "excessive burden on social services."
David Barlagne settled in Montreal with his wife and two daughters in 2005, hoping to start a computer software business. Barlagne said he had warned Canadian authorities that his daughter, Rachel, has cerebral palsy, a congenital neurological disorder that causes lifelong uncoordinated physical movement.
"I asked whether this would be a problem, and I was told that once my business was established in Canada after a couple of years, I could make a request for permanent residency and it would simply be a formality," Barlagne recalled.
Four years later, his business is thriving, and his wife, Sophie, teaches French to immigrants as a volunteer.
But Citizenship and Immigration Canada has rejected Barlagne's request for permanent residency because Rachel, 7, is considered "medically inadmissible."
In a letter dated March 11, 2009, the government stated because Rachel suffers from what it described as a "global developmental delay," she "risks giving rise to an excessive burden on social or health services."
Rachel attends a public special-needs school, École Victor Doré, but has not required medical attention. She is in need of some rehabilitation services, as she can't walk or speak, but Barlagne has said he would be willing to pay out of pocket to help his daughter.
"She's just beginning to speak a few words," he added.
All applicants seeking permanent residency in Canada must pass a medical exam. Barlagne and his wife passed the exam, as did their daughter Lara, 10. But Rachel was rejected even though the immigration official who made the final decision never met her.
"It's very unfair," Barlagne said. "What I find particularly unjust is that a representative of the government of Canada had told me: 'Come to Canada, no problem,' yet after arriving in Quebec and contributing to society here, we can't stay anymore.
"It's very stressful. Our lives are on standby."
Barlagne is seeking a Federal Court review of Immigration Canada's decision. The hearing is slated for Feb. 23. If they lose, the family would have to leave the country immediately. If they win, the review would mean another Immigration Canada adjudicator would have to look over their file - and not necessarily reverse the earlier decision.
Lawyer Patrice Jourdain has decided to take up Barlagne's case pro bono, outraged by what she calls the "cold, heartless" decision by immigration officials.
"This family has the financial means and the will to provide for their daughter to overcome the presumption that she might be perceived as a burden," Jourdain said.
Jacqueline Roby, an Immigration Canada spokesperson, declined to comment Tuesday on Barlagne's case.
She did say, however, that "such decisions are difficult for our department and are heartbreaking for our staff."
I want Harper and his like-minded theocon bastard, incompetent and ignorant, stupid Harpies gone.
I want my parliamentary democracy back.
I want my country back.
(And that goes double for you, Governor General Jean.)
Enough is fucking enough.
How's that for a pre-emptive New Year resolution, fellow Canadians?