And speaking of foreign workers


Two-thirds of those Afghan interpreters who applied for refugee status in Canada have apparently been turned down.

The special-measures program was announced with much fanfare by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in the fall of 2009 and brought Canada in line with other NATO countries which had already launched similar initiatives. It ends Monday.

Applicants had to demonstrate they faced extraordinary risk as a result of their work with Canada. Few didn’t. Working as an interpreter for NATO forces in southern Afghanistan was akin to having a Taliban bull’s-eye on the back of a shalwar khameez. Stories of night letters, threatening phone calls, abductions and even hangings were part of the job. As interpreters also travelled with soldiers and diplomats, at least six were among those killed during the IED strikes that claimed 161 Canadian lives.


And speaking of foreign workers

  1. They and their families should be allowed in, immediately and unconditionally.

  2. Who made the decision to turn them down? Was it a member of the government or just some apathetic bureaucrat?

  3. I might be wrong when I accuse Conservatives of holding race-based double-standards.  Their disdain for the well-being of veterans is equal, whether the veteran is Canadian or foreign.

  4. This is the Canadian equivalent of the Republicans in the States praising the first responders to the heavens but not being willing to extend funding for the special healthcare needs they are now facing.

    Of course it might also have something to do with the interpreters adding to Stephen Harper’s perceived “islamicism” problem.

    • Loyalty is something that is expected to be shown to this government, not something to be expected from them.

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