Here’s the thing about the Maryam Monsef controversy

The MP’s birthplace does not matter. Her mother made a brave choice, sparing her daughters from a brutal and ruthless past

Maryam Monsef at a town hall meeting at Mount Community Centre on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 for a meeting on electoral reform. (Photograph by Cole Burston)

Maryam Monsef at a town hall meeting at Mount Community Centre on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. (Photograph by Cole Burston)

After all the headlines, the chat show uproars, the demands for Maryam Monsef’s suspension from cabinet and a formal investigation, the lurid insinuation that she, the brightest young star in Justin Trudeau’s gender-balanced, ethnically diverse government, is and has been, all along, a fraud—what, exactly, is the result?

From the combined investigative resources expended by several newsrooms and the partisan enthusiasms devoted to Monsef’s undoing in and around her riding of Peterborough–Kawartha, it would appear that a brave young Afghan widow, Soriya Basir, chose to spare her children the gruesome details of her dizzying back-and-forth border crossings and escapes from Taliban savagery and Khomeinist tyranny and war before she finally arrived with them in Canada, as refugees.

This is also why it would appear that Monsef did not know that she happens to have been born in a hospital in Mashhad, Iran, and not across the border in Soriya’s home city of Herat, Afghanistan, as Soriya had always allowed Monsef and her sisters to believe. That is pretty well the sum total of the controversy surrounding the 31-year-old Monsef, the minister for democratic reform.

Related: Maryam Monsef’s personal revelations leave lingering questions

As her interrogators persist in reminding us, questions do remain, not least: Has Monsef been quietly, knowingly and disingenuously tidying up the tragic complexity of her harrowing childhood all along, in order that her “narrative” be more sympathetically received? But that question invites another, more awkward question: Just how would being born among Iran’s viciously oppressed Afghan refugees at a time of pitiless barbarism somehow diminish the poignancy of the circumstances surrounding Monsef’s childhood and her eventual flourishing on the Canadian federal scene, or make her any less Afghan, or any less a refugee, or any less deserving of sympathetic notice as a refugee success story?

At Monsef's swearing-in ceremony as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, which occurred at the House of Commons on November 24, 2015. Clockwise starting on the left: the family are Mehrangiz Monsef, Mina Monsef, Mehdi Taheri (Mina’s husband), Soriya Basir, Maryam Monsef, Leila Taheri (Mina & Mehdi’s daughter). (House of Commons)

Maryam Monsef’s swearing-in ceremony as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, which occurred at the House of Commons on November 24, 2015. Clockwise starting on the left: the family are Mehrangiz Monsef, Mina Monsef, Mehdi Taheri (Mina’s husband), Soriya Basir, Maryam Monsef, Leila Taheri (Mina & Mehdi’s daughter). (House of Commons)

Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett claims to remember Monsef once describing herself as a person of “Persian descent,” as though it is merely coincidence that Monsef was running against Bennett for the mayor’s job at the time, and as though it were not true that nearly half of Afghanistan’s population can be described as persons of “Persian descent.” As for the hunt for “falsified affidavits” proposed by former Conservative cabinet minister Tony Clement, who is coincidentally running for his party’s leadership at the moment, Monsef’s birthplace would have had no bearing at all on the refugee-status application her mother filed on her behalf.

Here’s a question that has gone almost completely overlooked. Is it really just a coincidence that this unseemly uproar about Monsef’s birthplace is erupting only now, at a time when she has been saddled with the task of leading the Trudeau government’s faintly comical townhall-and-think-tank initiative to contentiously kick around the idea of replacing the country’s Westminster-style electoral system with some sort of ranked-ballot affair?

Monsef has been positively loquacious, so far, in answering everybody’s questions. The matter of her certainty about her birthplace was put to her by a reporter. She put the question to her mother Soriya, who answered that she and her sisters were Afghans, and she didn’t think their birthplace details were important.

It might help to know that in Afghanistan, citizenship papers and birth certificates and the official registration of births and deaths are the exotica of faraway places. One is born “in the time of the pomegranate harvest” or some such thing, or one’s birthdate is recorded as the first day of the year, if you are even aware of the year you were born. Especially during the terror time—the years of Monsef’s childhood—it was not as though you could pop into a local government registrar to inform the world of a baby’s birth.

During the years of Soriya’s flight across the Iranian border from Herat to Mashhad, and back again, and then by foot and camel and donkey and eventually by plane to Canada via Islamabad and Karachi and Amman, the Afghan-Iranian border was a shooting gallery. Monsef’s father was killed there.

In the year Monsef was born, the ancient Afghan city of Herat was being turned into a crater-pocked battleground pitting ruthless and undisciplined Soviet troops against a motley collection of Afghan insurgents. In Mashhad, the place Monsef was born, Afghan children were routinely abducted by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for indoctrination in military seminaries. The Khomeinist regime further preyed upon the Afghans who had been streaming across the border by forcing them to join one of its seven Shia jihadist fronts arrayed against the Soviet-backed government in Kabul.

When Monsef was 10, Herat fell to the Taliban, and the slaughters began anew. From that moment on, there was no hope for Soriya’s daughters. In Herat, women were reduced to the status of cattle. In Mashhad, Afghan women, the lowest of the low in the Khomeinist hierarchy, were no better off. Soriya Basir appears to have decided that her daughters be spared the horrible particulars of that nightmare time, even the circumstances of their father’s death. That is the scandal we’ve all been getting worked up about.

Unless something more salacious comes up, that is the beginning and the end of it.

Terry Glavin is a Canadian journalist and author of Come From the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle For Peace in Afghanistan


Here’s the thing about the Maryam Monsef controversy

  1. Exactly! I’m sure the politicians and the others who have their knickers in a knot about this have NEVER faced the kind of terror (not just fear) that Maryam’s mother did for over 10 years. Sitting in our comfy chairs in our warm living rooms with a beer at our elbow and Archie Bunker-ing the hell out of this does nothing but breed xenophobia.

    Maryam is a person our children can look up to – no matter their colour or gender – she came from a horrible place and rose to political office. Who really cares if she was born in one middle-eastern country or the other? The reason for her leaving isn’t negated by that.

    Maybe now this specific law can be repealed on the grounds of stupidity and the country can get onto other things like bringing back the Azer children who ARE Canadian citizens.

    • It’s all fine and dandy, and the author makes a valid point. However, if the law as it stands is bent for Maryam Mousef and her family, it is the worst kind of lawlessness. It’s one thing for a government to act out of compassion for a member of the public, it is another thing entirely for it to do so for “one of its own”.
      I would have no problem with allowing Monsef to stay, but only if she steps down as an MP.

      • Very magnanimous to ‘allow’ her to stay. Your privilege is showing. Why would she need to step down? She’s not done anything wrong – many MPs have done far worse and still have their seats. Indeed, many CEOs and people in power have done FAR worse and nothing is said about them stepping down. How many families in the country have a similar story of “Oh, Grandpa said Uncle G was born in Germany, but we know it was Austria, LOL”. “Our family’s original name was too hard to spell, so the immigration guy spelled it another way, so we never changed it.”

        Is it because she’s a woman she needs to step down? Would this brouhaha be made if the Minister was a man? Maybe not, but these are questions that need to be asked.

        And the law should be ‘bent’ for ALL people in this situation, not just for Mousef’s family. Everyone caught in this ridiculous law should be re-examined because the law makes no sense to those who are caught up in it by circumstances beyond their control.

        Why should SHE be forced to leave? Why not her mother (not saying she should be either, but I’m taking this logically) – she was the one who wasn’t forthcoming. Or, maybe she WAS but told her kids one thing while she told the Government another.

        IMO, this is something that is a family matter, not one of national importance. It has NO BEARING on Maryam’s ability to do her job as an MP or as a Minister. None.

        • I understand your desire to be compassionate in this case, but are you aware that the government is expelling around 18 people a month who are in similar situations? Did you know that the Liberals opposed this legislation while they were in opposition but continue to enforce it now that they are the government? That those who are charged but can afford a lawyer have so far been permitted to stay in Canada?
          Do you really think there should be one law for some and a different law for others who have less privilege?

        • I’m not always a fan of people being deported for this, and my observation is that sometimes people are selected for deportation simply because they will comply, and not because they are the ones most deserving of deportation. (i.e. Being a bad-ass criminal who has guns is almost a sure-fire way to NOT get deported, while being a quite, law-abiding single mom is.)
          The point with Monsef is that she is a governor, and became a governor while legally ineligible to do so. She has an inarguable obligation to step aside. The facts and the law are quite clear, here. If the Libranos don’t act to remove her from office, we enter into a whole new realm. If the government to fails to enforce this piece of law when the person who is afoul of the law is a member of the government is to place the government itself clearly above the law. It will upend a great deal of other immigration law. This is a can of worms that needs to be kept very well sealed, as a deliberate abrogation of that law opens up all sorts of other cans of worms regarding deportation, citizenship, voting rights, and eligibility for public office.

          • “The point with Monsef is that she is a governor, and became a governor while legally ineligible to do so. She has an inarguable obligation to step aside. The facts and the law are quite clear, here.”

            You seem very certain about this. Can you give me the references for the laws that she apparently broke when she came to Canada as a child.

      • Actually, it is the best kind of lawlessness. If it is true her mother lied about her place of birth, and that means the law says she should be deported, then this case highlights an incredible unjust law that should be changed, not only for Mousef but for everyone.

        • If Monsef’s mother lied, then it means her credibility is shot, and it would be necessary to review her entire application in detail to confirm that children’s place of birth was the one and only untruth.

          As such, it makes no sense to make a decision on whether or not the law should be strictly applied to Monsef’s mother until such a review can be performed.

        • Maybe the laws should be changed, but in the mean time, people must respect the law. It is not about whether Monsef did anything wrong personally, it is about respect for our laws. If this is overlooked, it would be perfectly reasonable for others to fudge their citizenship applications while we look the other way. Sure Monsef is caught in the middle. It is an unfortunate development for her. That is beside the point. She and the Liberal government must show respect for the law.

    • The HoC government ministers are caught in a conflict of interest. Protecting a Minister and serving the public.

      The opposition is more interested in embarrassing a Minister than holding the Minister of Immigration to account for a flaw in the refugee process.

      The Commons must serve the people and put aside partisanship to keep from a lose lose solution. I doubt if they can.

      …she is not in a unique situation and more importantly, it is not all about her

    • What has some kind of fear that the mother experienced have to do with this untruth?

      We can all read. Some of us have parents who lived through bombings in other countries – eg WWII in England. My aunt used to tell me she would hide with her little children (my cousins) under the stairs – in Bristol – when the bombs came. It was easier than going to the bomb shelter, I believe. I believe – meaning, I think that’s what she said, I understand.

      But anyway, I was born in Bristol, in 1946, when memories of was were still fresh, and we used to hear stories of war from my father, of his time abroad, in the middle east.

      I think people who live through war become accustomed to it, as living in terror would be too difficult every day. Saying they lived in terror is a phrase used today, to gain sympathy, I would think, as it brings up thoughts of terrorism.

      You – Mary – sound as though your knickers are in a knot. You might be quite willing to accept her story, but others of us would rather we knew the truth of Monsef’s story, especially because she made such a big deal of being the first Afghan to accomplish what she did. And that, basically, was based on an untruth. She at least needs to rewrite her story and present herself a different way, as being born in Iran.

      This article is obviously so biased one wonders why Macleans allows it to be published here.

      • She is not lying. And she IS Afghani. If you insist on saying otherwise you are the one guilty of untruths.

  2. “… Monsef’s birthplace would have had no bearing at all on the refugee-status application her mother filed on her behalf”

    And yet, it would appear that Monsef’s mother did provide false information to the IRB re Monsef’s place of birth. The explanation of sparing the children the details of their childhood does not cover the need to fabricate place of birth. And it doesn’t really cover the need to be anything but truthful to the IRB when not being truthful could have a negative impact on a successful refugee claim, which one would think would be the ultimate goal.

    • “Monsef’s mother did provide false information”
      It’s incredible that so many people claim to have access to Ms. Monsef’s mother’s citizenship file. Perhaps you should cite your source? Or admit that your speculation has absolutely no merit.

      • Leaving out the “it would appear …” part of my sentence distorts the meaning of the sentence.

        At any rate, my speculation is based on Occam’s razor, if you have a simpler and more realistic explanation, I would appreciate hearing it. The explanation is consistent with Monsef’s mother’s stated objective of sparing the children the details of their childhood. And it stretches the imagination to believe that Monsef’s mother would have missed this ‘mistake’ in all the paperwork and interviews that she would have had to go though in order to come to Canada.

        If you have an alternative explanation that could account for an incorrect birthplace not only finding its way onto reams of official documentation (we’re talking 3 children hear, I believe) and then being perpetuated by Monsef’s mother herself for *decades*, I would appreciate hearing it.

        • Yes,Jim R. Leaving out words, like “It would appear” or adding them, such as “I believe (I was born in Iran) most certainly does change the meaning of them. Alan Bouch has done you a disservice.

          When I applied for OAS in Canada I had to prove, by showing documents such as birth certificate, record of landing, etc, that I was who I said I was. Surely this Monsef woman had to produce those documents of entry to Canada – showing her birthplace – when she became a minister of the gov’t.

    • Which may or may not be an issue for her mother, but why should she be punished for this?

      • At no time did I say that Monsef should be punished for the apparent sins of her mother. Assuming Monsef’s story is the whole truth (yet to be proved otherwise), it would seem unreasonable to punish her for something her mother may have done.

      • Gayle1.

        Do you see this as being about “punishment”, having her resign from her job and or being sent back to Iran or Afghanistan? Isn’t it more about setting an example for others who think it’s okay not to seek out the truth of one’s birth before telling grand stories about it? Could she not have asked her mother? Do we not, when we are unsure of where exactly we were born or how long mom stayed in the hospital and which hospital? Things like that? Do you think we should allow people to emigrate here, or apply for refugee status, and not even try to gather the facts of their lives before they came? Is Canada a country open for one and all, just say whatever comes to mind when you come here to live, from foreign countries?

        • I have read your comments, and I am starting to wonder if the colour of her skin is affecting your assessment of this situation.

          My mother told me where I was born. In all my 50 years I have never thought I should fact check that. Because like virtually every other person, I believe my mother. If it turns out she was lying and I was actually born somewhere else, does that somehow become my fault?

          I am white, however, and not from Afghanistan or Iran so I suspect you would forgive me for accepting her word.

          • Gayle

            The colour of a person’s skin is not the issue. A person’s culture may be, however, or the language they speak, or the politics of their country. I don’t even know why you would say what you did, about the colour of a person’s skin.

            It’s never been me who had to check the truth of my birthplace, although for me, it happened to have been the same place my father was born, where my mother went during the war so she could have the benefit of some support during that time, I think, while my father was in Egypt with the British Eighth Army.

            I admit I am biased, in that I grew up with familiarity of the place where I was born, as I had relatives there besides my mother and father. Photos were taken, of the park we played in, and of the homes we lived in, and the people we knew, and of landmarks, of bridges, and canals. I guess I thought everyone would have had some kind of attachment in that way to the place where they were born. Perhaps Monsef was locked in a room the entire time she lived in Afghanistan.

            As I said, I never had to check to make sure my mother was telling the truth. My birth was a part of my family’s history, and my birth certificate, which I had to produce every time I started at a new school, or came to Canada, or apply for citizenship or OAS, was just routine, though I realized without my mother telling me that there was importance attached to that birth certificate, as authorities needed it and wouldn’t simply take my word for it if I had told them where I was born.

  3. A previous Maclean’s article said that Monsef lived in Iran till she was nine years old. A nine year old would know what country they are living in, or if they are moving from one country to another.

    I don’t particularly care what she does. All I know is that she is a liar. The coverup is a much worse lie than the original lie, which really doesn’t matter. The coverup lie, though, is a lie of political expediency.

    • Knowing where she was living when she was nine is not the issue.

      Knowing where you are living when you are nine does not tell you where you were born. It’s incredible that you think that one tells you the other.

      • JEdwards

        But being 9 and living in Iran at the time might lead a girl to ask, Where was I born, mommy? And if mom say, You were born in Afghanistan, dear, she might then ask, So why is it we are living in Iran now, and how did we get here?

        Of course it’s the issue, knowing where are living at a particular age.

  4. I disagree with this article. The guiding factor here is that our national leaders must meet the highest tests of honesty and disclosure.

    While I feel for refugees who have fled dangerous situations abroad, and admire those who have successfully reinvented themselves in our new land, this does not excuse manipulating one’s life story for political benefit, particularly if these manipulations also result in misrepresentations in official documents that for others could lead to deportation.

    • Where exactly was it proven (or even a remotely plausible case made) that she manipulated her life story for political benefit?

      As the article states, how on earth is it more politically beneficial to represent yourself as an Afghan refugee–born in Afghanistan–who escaped the horrors of oppressive regimes in Afghanistan and Iran, as opposed to representing yourself as an Afghan refugee–born across the border in Iran–who escaped the horrors of oppressive regimes in Afghanistan and Iran?

      This “manipulation for political benefit” concept makes absolutely no sense.

      • It stretches credulity that the Globe and Mail (and apparently others in Peterborough) would be able to discover Monsef’s birthplace, yet she not be aware of it herself.

        It is also undeniable that the Liberal Party has done a lot of self congratulatory chest beating about having an Afghani refugee in cabinet, and undeniable that a refugee from oil rich Iran would not sound as appealing as impoverished Afghanistan to Trudeau’s champagne socialist fan club.

        • Except she IS a refugee from Afghanistan, since she, you know, lived there and then, you know, escaped from there and became a Canadian refugee.

      • Gary Wilson wrote,
        “how on earth is it more politically beneficial to represent yourself as an Afghan refugee–born in Afghanistan–who escaped the horrors of oppressive regimes in Afghanistan and Iran, as opposed to representing yourself as an Afghan refugee–born across the border in Iran–who escaped the horrors of oppressive regimes in Afghanistan and Iran?”

        Complicated stories lose the interest of readers, especially in this time of sound bites. Monsef came up with concise story of her life that made sense and that put her in a sympathetic light, unlike what it would have been in she muddied the waters with complications of having lived – having gone voluntarily – to a country known for not being humanitarian in its practices. Bringing that in would have resulted in hesitance on the part of the reader, questioning to themselves whether this revelation, that she lived in Iran most of her childhood, was hiding even further life experiences that might not make her appear so sympathetic.

  5. Monsef has to either step down or be deported. Brushing this under the rug would be terrible, terrible optics for The Liberals.

    • The attempt to somehow tie Monsef’s birthplace confusion to the US “birther” movement in the US shows a Liberal Party in full panic deflection mode.

      It also shows the predictably pattern of anyone justifiably challenging the Trudeau government loudly labeled as racist, Trump supporting Tea Partiers in our Toronto/national media, (which still hasn’t gotten over their high school Trudeau crush).

    • And deporting someone who had absolutely no say in what her mother may or may not have told immigration officials about her place of birth, making her an innocent victim in all of this, would be excellent optics?


      • You overlook the fact that the “innocent victim” is a cabinet minister. Likely her status as a cabinet minster came about specifically because she was an immigrant — there would be far more qualified people in Trudeau’s cabinet to handle this portfolio. She has gained much in the current political climate by virtue of her immigrant background. This is a set-back for her, but I would hardly call her an “innocent victim.” The Liberals must uphold the law.

  6. I look at this from another perspective.

    Imagine her as a person (as she is), not as a Government minister. Now consider her in front of a judge facing deportation.

    How does the story in the media change?

    How do the questions from the opposition change?

    How do the answers from the government change?

    The government solution will change and will lead to a more just refugee system that benefits Canadians.

    …our opposition style of government is a disservice to Canadians for the situation we are witnessing

  7. She knew years before sorry this is a lack of integrity and she must resign.The family changed birth place to jump ahead in their immigration to Canada.

    • And your evidence is … what exactly?

      You have none. Your wild accusations are typical of your “type”.

  8. Maryam Monsef should step down as a cabinet minister simply because she lied on documents pertaining to receiving a highly secret security clearance. This document is scrutinized by RCMP and CSIS, anyone who works for the government, military, RCMP goes through this process and knows it is a criminal offence to lie on such documents. One should also question how these security forces missed these lies. People say she should be given a pass, is this what Trudeau has done, what if we gave passes to all who apply for a highly secret security pass?

    • A “lie” is a deliberate untruth, uttered knowingly with the intent to deceive. An “idiot” is a stupid or mentally handicapped person.

      Keep these definitions in whatever passes for your mind.

      • :)

      • Great definitions, but despite them, the information on her official document was a lie, ie a false statement, whether intentional or not. Monsef had already made it clear that she only “believed” she was an Afghan citizen, leading us to believe (if I may be repetitive) that she chose to believe something she did not know for sure was a fact, and may even have been an intentional untruth.

  9. Another perspective that needs a mention is the fact that there is no requirement for a member of parliament to be a Canadian citizen.

    (There have been two Prime Ministers who were not Canadian citizens).

  10. Here’s the thing that bothers people – if a normal person did this – they would be deported. Yes it’s a seemingly minor issue, but…. Come on. If a regular person would be deported – so should a sitting cabinet minister.

    • Pure nonsense, of course, and uttered by someone who doesn’t have the slightest clue what he/she is talking about.

  11. Here birthplace DOESN’T matter…lying to the PM , HOC and Canadian people..THAT is the issue !! How can that be considered honorable from a member with the title…’honorable’. She knew she was being deceptive..THAT is the issue !! Inexcusable bare faced lying is not an admirable trait…unless you are a liberal sucker !

    • Are you unable to read, or unable to think? It has to be one or the other, because there isn’t even the slightest hint of a lie by Monsef. None. Zero. Nada.

      Bare-faced, deliberate ignorance is not an admirable trait, Willy boy.

      • I believe I was born in Bristol, England. In fact, I know I was.

    • Liberals would have us believe that an 11 year old person does not know or have the capability to know where she lives. As the IRB Judges have said, a few kilometers can be enough to turn down an application, because just like the former Berlin Wall, you know what groups have intentions, and the area she is from is clearly hostile to all Western nations, especially the Jewish people. We do not allow haters in our Gov’t, but apparently Trudeau does. Why do we not allow Mr. Putin cousin to become our Minister of National Defence, he escaped the USSR back in the 1980’s, I’m sure he would never work against us!

  12. “it would appear that a brave young Afghan widow, Soriya Basir, chose to spare her children the gruesome details of her dizzying back-and-forth border crossings and escapes from Taliban savagery and Khomeinist tyranny and war before she finally arrived with them in Canada, as refugees” (Terry Glavin).

    Such rhetoric! “gruesome”, “dizzying” back and forth crossings. “Escapes” (meaning, bought airplane tickets to Canada). This is such a bad article, so one-sided and full of ways of appealing to the sympathy of Canadians, most of them inaccurate. “Dizzying” Really? People cross borders all the time, to become educated, take up jobs abroad, living here or living there.

    Monsef’s mother didn’t have to explain the details of war to her children. Most of us didn’t hear the gruesome details of WWII until much later, when we were old enough to read about them, or until movies appeared that depicted all the gruesome details. Why would you think that that is of relevance at all, to mention she wanted to hide the details? Did not children living in London during the war know that Britain was at war with Germany? Were they not aware of gas masks, and bomb shelters, and the sound of bombs as they fell? Maybe in Ireland life was different. Or you’re just too young to have been affected by it. Anyway, it just doesn’t ring true, the way you are trying to explain this issue away and come to her defence.

  13. Stuff happens: my dad’s aunt was born on a farm east of Woodstock but recorded in Ingersol, his mother in Alice Ontario but recorded in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

    Tony Clement increased border security by building gazebos in cottage country –
    let’s investigate that serious financial scandal and jail those responsible.

    “the country’s Westminster-style electoral system” – the lackeys of the colonial overlords are everywhere! First past the post was the British system for ensuring that wealthy Anglos secured political power – there’s nothing sacred in that. The writer then goes on to disparage public forums, presumably a ‘the public are dolts’ theory and then, with no hard evidence, predicts the only possible outcome, journalist’s popular approach that equates political commentary to sports handicapping.

  14. I am of an age that everyone who was present at my birth, except for me, is dead. Except for a piece of paper moldering in the archives, there is no objective proof of where, when or even if I was born. Maybe I wasn’t; I can’t remember.

    Birtherism seems to be the new denialism.

    • Dave Ferg

      Monsef gained support for her entry into politics by telling a story about how she was born in Afghanistan and came as a refugee to Canada to escape the horrors of war. that is the real problem with her story, that she used it to garner sympathy but it was based on a falsehood.

  15. Section 109 of the Immigration Act, that was created by the Liberal Party to help prevent Agents of Foreign Gov’t enter illegally into our nation. thus protecting the safety and security of Canada. So for this Gov’t to willfully turn a blind eye to possible espionage (Trudeau must prove she is not an agent of the Iranian Gov’t, we have already proven she entered illegally and the law clearly demands she be removed). Liberals do not give a damn about he safety and security of our nation, just like the Democrats in the USA, they turn a blind eye to Clintons willful destruction of evidence.

  16. Let me understand Glavin’s foolishness – a federal cabinet minister should be above the same law that they subject others to? We should overlook lying to the government? If this is ok with Glavin, then consistency should be applied, and we should overlook any falsehoods put forward by any immigrant. Is Glavin ok with this? Probably not, which proves the political motivation of this article.