January 15, 2019

Bureaucrats slow-walk The Rebel Media’s Access to Information request on screening of illegal border crossers

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

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.

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commented 2019-01-16 17:49:54 -0500
William, you are ignoring that legal migrants are sponsored by a Canadian citizen or group and are more likely to have work when they get here or soon thereafter. The illegal border crossing migrants are in majority part not employed nor do most of them speak either of the two official languages which makes them a much greater burden on the system than the legal migrants.

Plus the legal migrants are vetted and are less likely to have committed criminal activity. The illegal migrants we do not know about them. Many could be criminals.
commented 2019-01-16 13:50:11 -0500
Enough is enough…Trudeau…for the gallows…now!
Otherwise, we can kiss Canada goodbye…
commented 2019-01-16 13:40:46 -0500
This is dictatorship remember, how Trudeau proudly said, he admired china? The liberals and Trudeau probab instructed the RCMP to remove these questions and put Canadians at risk by letting terrorists in the country and all for votes.
commented 2019-01-16 11:38:34 -0500
Its a slow move toward a dictatorship: reduce gun ownership and increase restrictions on guns and ownership; own the media via a national broadcaster and a bought off press; control free speech with language laws; stonewalll the information coming out of government; put restrictions on what is acceptable to be published (warnings to Facebook and Google, CRTC too control Internet news and commentary), stigmatise all opposition and critics as being liars, malevolent hacks and traitors; reshape the country and split the people (diversity is our strength); and eventually create a “national emergency” so the government takes away freedoms (Bill 16, M103).

I see a storm coming, and this is something I would never have thought of for Canada before Baby Doc Little Potato and what he has been doing for the past eighteen months…
commented 2019-01-16 10:30:01 -0500
Yes,the RCMP are covering up for the Liberal government,under orders to do so. There are few coincidences in life, even fewer in politics. Whatever happened to the figure I heard late in 2018 that 76,000 people had crossed the Border illegally since Trudeau issued his invitation to the world?
The figures now are much lower, why? The 76,000 was said to be the number of illegals in the 18 months since Trudeau’s welcoming speech.
Anyone who claims we can assimilate so many uneducated ,unskilled, and language deficient immigrants is dreaming. The only jobs they are capable of doing are minimum wage service industry jobs,and if we don’t get the resource sector up to speed soon, even those S-I jobs will disappear.
Germany found that after five years only 40% of their immigrants had found employment,we can’t expect to do any better here. We are immigrating people into Canada who will remain a net loss to the system for years,perhaps for their entire lives.
commented 2019-01-16 08:54:09 -0500
Peter: Thanks for the note!

Gov stats – annualised irregular border-crossers minus legit refugees = 17,771.

Many irregular border-crossers claim refugee status. Applying presumption of innocence they’re not “illegal” until they’re found to be fraudulently claiming refugee status (which most of them no doubt are).

The number of illegal immigrants is unknown and may be huge. These aren’t border-crossers (who get disproportionate attention) but visa over-stays. They’re a much bigger problem than border-crossers.

We should address the overall quantum of legal immigration. This needs to be reduced. This is causing vastly greater welfare expenditure than irregular border-crossing.

Legal immigrants + foreign temp workers + visa over-stays = irregular border-crossers times 25, at least.

Scoop Sheila is chasing down a story that is already over-hyped in the media to distract Canadians from the real debate we need to have.
commented 2019-01-16 07:47:06 -0500
William said, “The real immigration issue is not irregular border crossing (under 20,000 a year) but the overall volume of legal immigrants.”

Are you kidding? Illegal border crossings in not the problem but legal immigration is?

Stop smoking that crack, William, it is obviously affecting your head.

That number is far greater than 20,000/year.

You have not been paying attention to the situation at the hotels rented out for illegal migrants. And how about Quebec shipping it’s illegal migrants from the US over to Toronto because they could not afford to support them? Toronto is now feeling the heavy burden of supporting these illegal migrants.

The very fact that you call them “irregular” means you have guzzled the Liberal koolaid and can no longer think rationally.
commented 2019-01-16 00:43:16 -0500
The real immigration issue is not irregular border crossing (under 20,000 a year) but the overall volume of legal immigrants. Immigration quotas should closely track unemployment rates. Bringing unemployed workers into a saturated job market can only aggravate the problem. Trudeau and Morneau want to raise immigration quotas to 310,000 to 400,000 per year.
Canada saw stark increases in immigration under Mulroney and Harper. The latter, if you read his recent book, was clearly motivated by a desire to slash wages of Canadian workers. Now the Liberals are doubling down on this.
The Uni-party (Sheer/Trudeau) want massive immigration. Both want immigration to be by-the-book legal. Both want irregulars detained, screened and assessed.
Again Sheila barks up the wrong tree. The REAL (populist) issue is the legal quotas!
commented 2019-01-15 21:36:07 -0500
Your assess ment of the glacial slowness of the Libranos’ bureaucrats is correct. I’m sure if Trudeau himself asked for the exact same information with the exact same wording, it would be on his desk immediately or sooner. I know how bureaucrats brown nose, having worked with them for 14 frustrating years.
commented 2019-01-15 20:36:43 -0500
The only way the liberals win is if the populace remain asleep. They aim to do their best by blocking information in slow mo. I know ex Muslims who will tell you exactly what they think of us.
commented 2019-01-15 20:21:03 -0500
commented 2019-01-15 20:20:48 -0500
Here’s one for you know who….
commented 2019-01-15 19:37:06 -0500
Are the Libbers running scared, do they lack confidence in their ability to win the next Election. Are they wondering if the have gone to far in their dictatorial agenda for a New World Order that will turn Canadians of light skin into slaves, working for nothing but stale bread, as long as their short, short lives will allow?