April 06, 2015

Feds call audible for Burris

Brian LilleyArchive

It looks like Henry Burris will get to stay in Canada and become a citizen after all.

Burris, the quarterback for the CFL's Ottawa RedBlacks, went public on the weekend with his difficult in becoming a Canadian citizen despite working and living in this country for more than a decade. The reason, his job was classified as "part-time work."

Now after a media blitz caused some red faces at the immigration department, Burris will get to stay. Kevin Menard, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander told CTV News the feds will work with Burris.

"Mr. Burris has shown a great commitment to Canada over many years, and his community work through his foundation is an example for Canadian youth and all Canadians," Menard said. "We will work with the Ottawa RedBlacks and Mr. Burris to ensure he can remain in Canada."

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commented 2015-04-07 19:32:12 -0400
I suspect a lot of corruption on the imagination department. I would bet there are those who discriminate on a political bases.
commented 2015-04-06 17:02:15 -0400
I don’t think it’s fair to label all government employees in immigration as Liberals or “Lefty Pigs”. I suspect most of them are just following orders from the bureaucratic machine. As I said in my previous post on this subject: "The trouble is once rules are in place, the bureaucratic system takes over. Bureaucrats may be human beings (well, some of them are) but bureaucracies are not. They’re machines, incapable reason, but only capable of performing the function they were designed to perform. Once you accept a job in the government bureaucracy, you simply become a cog in the machine. You are not allowed to use common sense or discretionary powers if the rules are clearly spelled out. If you do, it could be your ass on the line. I know, because I worked for the government. (BC Forest Service). We need some new legislation. Every Ministry should have a formal application process whereby individuals can apply for a Ministerial review of their individual case. The Ministerial review panel, after doing their due diligence, should be able to decide (subjectively) whether applying the letter of the law makes sense in the individual case, or if applying the letter of the law was in the best interest of Canada. The Minister should still have the final say and, thus, bear the responsibility for the decision. But individuals should have that opportunity. I know this would result in howl and cry of "Unfair!! Unfair!!’ from the lefties. That’s why this should be a purely Ministerial review process, rather than Parliamentary review. Once you start getting the other parties involved, you start introducing wing-nuts to the procedures. "
commented 2015-04-06 13:44:27 -0400
Why do leaders always have to be publicly shamed into doing the right thing? Let Burris in. Keep all the fucking Muslims OUT.
commented 2015-04-06 13:06:16 -0400
This is great news, a continuous force has moved an inert object a tiny bit!
commented 2015-04-06 11:07:46 -0400
It’s about time!
commented 2015-04-06 11:00:21 -0400
I have been dealing with Canadian immigration for 5 years they enjoy making people jump through hoops and spend endless amounts of money, impossible to contact them or get information. Yet somehow the worst scum on the face of the earth seem to come and go from here without the slightest problem
commented 2015-04-06 09:45:53 -0400
I guess that after letting in every Ahmed, Muhammad and Omar Khadr into the country without question, they finally had to let in at least one legal immigrant.
commented 2015-04-06 09:18:27 -0400
“What happens to the other poor sods who don’t have a voice?”


Yes, Immigration was improved by Jason Kenny a fair amount, but there is a lot of work to be done yet.
commented 2015-04-06 08:09:58 -0400
This was just an immigration liberal employee blocking due process. The Conservatives can’t baby sit these lefty pigs that run within departments. It’s funny that these liberal pigs in immigration get over ruled the minute the story surfaces. And this is what government is supposed to do – facilitate and support, not obstruct like the liberal pigs of the past have done.
commented 2015-04-06 07:12:20 -0400
Why does everything common sense require MEDIA storms to get done? What happens to the other poor sods who don’t have a voice? This is so pathetic when politically correct people are a shoe in…but I’m glad he got a fair hearing FINALLY!…