This week in citizenship


Paul Koring, July 24Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Canadian citizen whose reputation remains tainted by ministerial accusations, wants his name restored and those Canadian security agents who aided his imprisonment in Sudan brought to justice … But the Harper government made it clear yesterday that Mr. Abdelrazik couldn’t expect any support in his efforts to remove his name from the UN list. Foreign Minster Lawrence Cannon, in a letter delivered yesterday, told Mr. Abdelrazik to check out a UN website that explains delisting procedures for individuals. “I regret to inform you that I must decline your invitation to meet,” the minister wrote.

Michael Petrou, July 27There is nothing in Foreign Affairs’ response to indicate that Canada considered using Vafaseresht’s information in a legal case against Mortazavi … And Canada might have had good information to suggest that Vafaseresht’s story is not credible. But I also spoke to Shahram Azam, a former doctor in Iran’s Defence Ministry, who examined Kazemi four days after her arrest and found extensive evidence of torture. Azam now lives in Canada and says he is willing to testify against Mortazavi. But he too says no one from the Canadian government has talked to him about Kazemi either. MacKay said Canada would do whatever it takes to bring Mortazavi to justice. This apparently doesn’t include talking to the doctor who examined Kazemi’s broken body.

Canadian Press, tonightThe Canadian government has also formally asked Brazilian authorities for “more information” about Gatti’s death … “The government of Canada is seeking more information on the investigation into the death of its citizen, and on the findings of the investigation,” Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said in a statement Friday.


This week in citizenship

  1. Bingo.

  2. See, none of these people are white.

    • Incompetence is color blind.

      • On the contrary conservative incompetence (is there any other kind) sees only color.

    • On my planet, Italian-Canadians are white.

  3. Over 30 years ago Canadian citizenship meant something. Personally, I felt that I could use the geographically-corrected words of St. Paul if ever facing a crisis with authority: Civitas canadensis sum! Translation: "I'm a Canadian citizen – back off and respect my rights!"

    Thirty-odd years of political progress later, we have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a citizenship debased to the level where anyone in any civil or executive authority can treat you as an asshole until you have established the opposite in court. It really is time we beat up on politicians, reestablished the limits of authority and got our rights and status back.

  4. The Harper Government has effectively gagged our Ambassadors, forcing them to have every communication vetted by, you guessed it, PMO. Our foreign service has been dismayed to see the actual language that they use being changed by rookie political staffers, as terminology used by the international community is not consistent with the CPC party line on foreign policy.

    Election please!

    • But Steph, Harper said you don't want an election.

  5. Oh Andrew, you forgot to bring out your violins for Karlheinz Schreiber, a distinguished German-Canadian businessman. Apparently, he has been whisked out of the country on a holiday weekend and did not have a chance to continue his 10-year appeal parade or finalize his 38 million-dollar law suit. Poor him. His human rights must have been violated somewhere – he SAID so!