Not sure about the implications …

There is a report in the Edmonton Sun that “A government file has been opened to downloadinvestigate Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef for possible citizenship fraud, the Sun has learned. An investigation of this type could lead to a number of outcomes, including possible citizenship revocation … [and] …  The Sun has confirmed with multiple sources that complaints have been made to the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), as well as to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), a division of the Department of Public Safety.

The Sun goes on to explain that “CBSA is responsible for enforcing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. CBSA officials report to the Minister of Public Safety, Liberal MP Ralph Goodale, while IRCC officials report to the Minister of Immigration, Liberal MP John McCallum … [and] … In 2011, in the aftermath of RCMP investigations discovering wide-spread citizenship fraud, the government established a tip line … [further] … Much like Crime Stoppers, the line allows private citizens to anonymously contact the government and relay information relating to citizenship cases involving false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material … [and] … Three separate sources have told the Sun that the government has received such tips relating to the case of Maryam Monsef, leading to the opening of a file investigating possible citizenship fraud.

First, of course, it would be astonishing if someone (only six?) had not reported Minister Monsef … the (troubling) story has been all over the media.

Second, this is not a criminal matter. It is very serious: she could lose her citizenship and be deported, but it would be because he Mother made a false statement … but this Liberal government, unlike the previous Conservative one, has been very active in deporting such people in the past year so it will be hard pressed to have a double standard for Minister Monsef unless it is ready for a whole bunch of lawsuits. As the Sun says, “Providing false representation to Canadian immigration officials is a form of citizenship fraud, even if the error was unintentional … [and] … Monsef’s case may mirror that of a 19-year-old Concordia University student who was recently stripped of her Canadian citizenship because her mother allegedly lied on her citizenship application.

Now that this is in the public domain Prime Minister Trudeau should, probably, act, and invite Minister Monsef to step aside, but that may be unlikely; part of Team Trudeau‘s governing tactics seems to be to stress that he was never, not even once, wrong about anything: his judgement on issues from refugees to F-35s to cabinet making were all perfect. Then, additionally, there is the matter of the voting system “reform” file … but, maybe, letting Minister Monsef go could save the government from a bit of an embarrassment, and the prime minister could lay the blame elsewhere.

By Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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