Normally, I don't give Rebel viewers a sneak peek at my investigations. First I want to confirm we have all the facts and ensure we have everything right, and secondly, I don't want to give the government a warning so they can get their spin-doctors cooking up excuses for the wrongdoing that we inevitably uncover.
But today, the government stonewalling my work on an investigation is a story of its own.
In October 2017, a Toronto Star investigation found the RCMP using what they called an interview guide — essentially a questionnaire that was a primary risk assessment on illegal migrants crossing into Quebec at Roxham Road.
Some of the questions included:
Canada is a very liberal country that believes in freedom of religious practice and equality between men and women. What is your opinion on the subject? How would you feel if your boss was a woman? How do you feel about women who do not wear the hijab? How many times do you pray? What is your opinion of the Taliban and the Islamic State?
Few should have a problem with this series of questions designed to weed out extremism. But SJWs, immigration lawyers, and the Liberals were outraged, claiming the questions were out of line with the government’s values.
At the end of November 2017, the RCMP announced it would expunge any data on religious and cultural practices collected from Muslim refugee claimants at Roxham Road, saying the questionnaire was being redacted partly because it was deemed to be “offensive.”
But I wanted to know what answers migrants gave on the questionnaire so I went looking for the data. I also wanted to know how the government intervened to stop the RCMP screening process.
So in late November 2017, we filed an Access to-Information request with the RCMP. We asked:
“Please provide copies of all the survey responses collected from those crossing the border with personal information redacted as reported here,” with a link to mainstream media reporting on the subject.
Two weeks later, we sent a second request asking the RCMP to “provide copies of all documents including emails, text, or instant messages, memos, media lines, briefing notes, backgrounders etc. regarding the use and creation of the pullback of the RCMP questionnaire for asylum-seekers crossing the border as reported here,” and again linked to the mainstream media report on the matter.
Then the waiting began. We waited and waited and waited.
On January 10, 2019 — nearly 14 months later — we received a response, but no answers.
Watch to see the emails we got from the RCMP. They wanted to know if we even still wanted all the paperwork we asked for 14 months ago!
If the information requested wasn’t a damning indictment of the Liberal government's immigration policy, it would have already been sent.
But I suspect it’s probably going to take ten months to get the information — just long enough for the Liberals to glide through the next election campaign without our findings becoming a major election scandal.