Christie Blatchford: Canada shows lack of kindness in deporting harmless Pakistani woman

Blatchford on the case of a Pakistani woman being deported despite the risks facing her back in Pakistan and a request to put the deportation order on hold by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:

But that order was put on hold at the request of the UN high commissioner for human rights; Canada is a signatory to the convention against torture and other such treatment. Mr. Khan says he has the documents to prove it, but we ran out of time on Tuesday for him to get them to me.

The thing is, though the UN request to delay the deportation makes what happened here more egregious, I don’t care about it. And though I take Mr. Khan and Ms. Bibi at their word that the allegations against her are fraudulent, not to mention ludicrous, I don’t particularly care about that either. If a Pakistani woman has the courage to take a boyfriend, I say good on her. I also accept that her life may be in danger back in her home country, and I certainly hope it isn’t, but it’s not even that which galls me most.

What harm was she doing anyone, living her secure and simple life in Saskatoon, working in her friend’s restaurant, checking in every week just as she was supposed to do, getting by? Who was she hurting?

Even if the worst thing she faces in Pakistan is poverty and fear and the normal oppressive anti-woman air in that country, she had a better life here, and as a fifth-generation Canadian, I wanted that for her.

We can afford such kindnesses in this big, empty country.

Hard to disagree.

Christie Blatchford: Canada shows lack of kindness in deporting harmless Pakistani woman

Her follow-up column regarding the Government’s cruel mishandling of her case:

Jason Tamming, spokesman for and press secretary to federal Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney, courteously replied Wednesday with a one-size-fits-all statement to my specific questions about Ms. Bibi’s case. I noted he managed to answer neither question, and asked again why Canada didn’t comply with the request from the UN committee against torture. Are such requests now utterly meaningless, I asked?

Mr. Tamming didn’t reply. I take his silence, and Canada’s conduct, as a resounding yes.

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One Response to Christie Blatchford: Canada shows lack of kindness in deporting harmless Pakistani woman

  1. Marion Vermeersch says:

    Thank you to Christie Blatchford for bringing this case to our attention, and for speaking out against what appears to be severe injustice for this lady. I am really concerned every time I hear of another case of deportation of people who have not committed an actual crime or do not pose a real threat to our safety here. This is one reason I do not agree with the power given to the Ministry under Bill C-24 to strip citizenship from dual citizens (although I have myself experienced this so I know they have been doing it for years). Under the system as we have it, such power enables officials to come down hard on people like the woman in Christie’s article, while more focus should be on addressing serious criminal threats.

    Canada is fast losing its lengthy reputation as a welcoming and safe place.

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