January 11, 2016

Stonewalling: Officials stalling on Rebel's refugee-related "Access to Information" requests -- and they're blaming Trudeau

Brian LilleyArchive

Officials at the immigration department are essentially stonewalling attempts to determine how the push to bring 25,000 – and possibly as many as 50,000 – Syrian refugees to Canada in a year or less is being handled. 

Attempts by The Rebel to have basic questions answered about the refugee plan are being met by extremely long requests for delays and officials are blaming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Last week I reported on officials at the immigration department responding to an access to information request asking for "a copy of the questionnaire used for interviews with potential Syrian refugees seeking to come to Canada." We were shocked when officials told us there was no such document, either a lie or word games given how much data senior department officials claim they collect from would-be refugees. 

Now officials are responding to access to information requests by taking extensions of 275 to 300 days. 

The access to information laws allow anyone to submit a question or request for information to government department and receive an answer within 30 days. In fact, for a department not to respond within 30 days is considered a violation of the law. 

In response to three separate requests asking for information on the execution of the Liberal refugee plan, officials have asked for these extremely long extensions. The official in charge of dealing to with access to information requests cites a section of the act that allows for delays if the request requires searching through a large volume of documents and would interfere with the operation of the department. In the response the official made it clear, she and the rest of the department are working hard for their new political masters. 

"Also, it is to be noted that, at this point of the process, the department is working to meet the mandate on Syrian Refugees set by the Prime Minister of Canada," wrote Hélène Bertrand, senior ATIP administrator at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. 

What makes this odd is that ATIP responses are handled by staff devoted to access to information requests. By the nature of their jobs those bureaucrats are not involved in frontline program delivery. 

One of the requests sought information on "any concerns raised about the list of refugees being provided by the Turkish government to Canada" while another sought documents, "regarding efforts to meet the religious needs of Syrian refugees who are being brought to Canada, since November 4, 2015 . The period of the request is to cover from November 4, 2015 to Dec 3, 2015 (receipt date)." 

Finally, with claims that some of the refugees that came on the plane greeted by Prime Minister Trudeau were quarantined, we asked for "any security or health concerns for any of the group of refugees who arrived in Toronto and were met by dignitaries, including the Prime Minister, on December 10, 2015." 

Each of those requests was greeted with a request for an extension plus the note that the department is too busy meeting the prime minister's demands to deal with the public. 

By asking for extensions ranging from 275 to 300 days the officials at the immigration department are essentially trying to put off any scrutiny of their planning or the execution of those plans until the refugees are here and most people have forgotten this was ever a story. 

While some might be willing to accept the department's line that they are busy executing the prime minister's mandate, it worth remembering that all through the Afghan war and even now as they are engaged in both bombing ISIS and training Kurdish fighters, that the Department of National Defence continues to answer access to information requests. 

The excuse given by the immigration department is simply that -- an excuse. It shouldn’t be tolerated by any government but especially not one that was elected promising to be more open and transparent than the one that they replaced. 

The public has a right to know how important actions of the government are being carried out, a well worn saying is that justice delayed is justice denied. Here it is information delayed, but information that can inform the public on how well a key program and election promise is being administered. 

These delays, this lack of action cannot stand. 


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commented 2016-05-13 08:29:06 -0400
Based on the fact that there seems to be no interviewing done witness the fact that there seems to be no questionnaire, then everyone in the immigration department as well as his drunkeness MacCallum should be charged with dereliction of duty.

commented 2016-05-12 21:11:47 -0400
what was the total amount for climate vacation in Paris?It would be interesting knowing the amount Paris raked in.Talk about a waist of tax dollars worldwide.
commented 2016-01-13 19:12:20 -0500
Trudeau is an arrogant SOB and has no intention of being up front with anyone. Today when asked about selling armored tanks to Saudi Arabia, he said he was selling them some ‘jeeps’.
commented 2016-01-12 01:28:55 -0500
This is the open PM the left is talking about? LMAO!
commented 2016-01-11 15:39:29 -0500
The Libranos are baaaaaaaaaack!
commented 2016-01-11 13:53:11 -0500
Our little dictator seems to be calling all the shots, and is blatantly lying and deceiving the people on a daily basis. I hope his security looks the other way and lets someone take a shot at him. He deserves it and much, much more.
commented 2016-01-11 12:46:54 -0500
“More often than not I find myself asking when I see news reported on TV, what are they not telling us?”

More than we can guess at. Go to the following link, type in CBC in their search box to see a list of articles concerning just CBC

commented 2016-01-11 12:25:30 -0500
On the weekend CTV announced that Justin Trudeau’s approval ratings were still doing exceedingly well. Not really surprised as much of the MSM have given him a free pass. They are the ones who have the most guilt in my mind. They are tones who are supposed to dig for the truth and hold the government’s feet to the fire. More often than not I find myself asking when I see news reported on TV, what are they not telling us? The press is the last and biggest guardian of democracy and when it fails anything is possible. Thank God we are still getting the other side from the rebel.
commented 2016-01-11 11:36:48 -0500
The Muslims have one thing right, at least. If we all prey to Allauh, then all our problems will go away. If you think about it, they are correct.

I wonder if it is possible to prey to this gentleman,without joining the club, so to speak.

I also hope that none of you thinks that I am serious.

The time has come, the Walrus said, To talk of many things…….
commented 2016-01-11 11:20:11 -0500
I hope this gets picked up by the mainstream media. Better yet, I hope The Rebel BECOMES mainstream media. Even better yet, I hope The Rebel is already mainstream media. This Access to Information bungling (and the obviously complete absence of refugee screening) is probably interesting to the general public. Keep up the good work, Brian, Canada needs you, and The Rebel.
commented 2016-01-11 11:14:30 -0500
Are we going to have riot in the streets like Cologne Germans are doing? Trudeau is an airhead . Bring Harper back!
commented 2016-01-11 10:57:30 -0500
Our new Prime Miscreant campaigned on producing an open, accountable, and honest government! But the voters failed to evaluate the intrinsic evil of the one whose mouth was producing such promises. This Anti-Christ who follows the Father of Lies and Deception never means what he says or has any sense of accountability for speaking truth or conforming to true morality. Lies and deception are simply the normal way of life for this subhuman intellect who will make his Card Carrying Communist Daddy seem like an angel in comparison. Albeit an angel in the legions of the Fallen Angel who is Lucifer!
commented 2016-01-11 10:55:36 -0500
@ Robert Wheeler – “This is not likely Immigration covering up for the Liberals but more likely operating under the direct orders of the PMO.”

Same diff. A difference that makes no difference is no difference at all.
commented 2016-01-11 10:54:17 -0500
It is no surprise that this “open and transparent” government (as so promised by the Shiny Pony) is not so much. But do not discount the possible reason for stonewalling the Access to Information request is because it is theRebel that is asking for it from a very Liberal bureaucracy.
commented 2016-01-11 10:43:09 -0500
This is not likely Immigration covering up for the Liberals but more likely operating under the direct orders of the PMO.
commented 2016-01-11 10:38:49 -0500
@darryl Teskey, don’t worry once these Muslims are convicted Trudeau and his minuscule followers will probably send them off to graduate school courtesy of us decent, law abiding schmucks who pay taxes to the king.
commented 2016-01-11 10:30:47 -0500
The Liberals are just making excuses for their inability to meet their quota of imports. Instead of being transparent they simply sweep and hide themselves and their messes under the rug. Eventually though, someone(s) with common sense and an actual realist approach to policy will come along and shake the rug clean of its accumulation of rodents and their droppings. That folks is when truth will be told and accountability will be upheld.
commented 2016-01-11 10:16:04 -0500
The change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain’t changed
There’s nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Are now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
(The Who – won’t be fooled again)

Was Peter Townsend clairvoyant or just observant?
commented 2016-01-11 09:46:41 -0500
With a toad from Que as PM. do not be surprised that he is covering for Muslims .
commented 2016-01-11 09:40:31 -0500
Terry Gain: For the US refugees the figure is about 3% Christian. http://www.factcheck.org/2015/11/facts-about-the-syrian-refugees/
Most Christians live in Damascus and other government controlled areas and my understanding is that they tend to support Assad so probably have no wish to flee.
commented 2016-01-11 09:28:15 -0500
Shooting in Calgary last night at a night club, muslims two were tackled by bouncers and one got away, THIS IS WHAT THE LIBERAL IDIOTS ARE LETTING INTO OUR COUNTRY,
Mohamed Elmi, 31, and Mohamed Salad, 29, both of Calgary, each face the following charges:

Discharge firearm with intent to endanger life
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle
Possession of firearm with altered or defaced serial number
Aggravated assault
Pointing a firearm
commented 2016-01-11 09:07:11 -0500
That’s the same as a government cover-up.
commented 2016-01-11 09:05:36 -0500
I agree bravo more liberals will be getting rich off this, look at montreal how much is the x mayor making for a few months work 300 000 or something. Only the tip of the iceberg , JT may be the PM but it is still the same backroom full of libs who want back into the trough of public money any way they can. Canada is in trouble.
commented 2016-01-11 09:03:29 -0500
The Liberals, the ABC movement and the NDP continually complained during the election how secretive the conservatives were. Justin Trudeau made promise after promise how the Liberals would change all that and be more open and accountable. Yet, here we are after the election and Justin Trudeau has silenced the immigration staff by telling them they cannot speak to reporters and now this refusal to release information without a lengthy and unnecessary delay. The Liberals conned in all the low information voters and now we are stuck with this foolishness for the next four years.

Look at Germany and the rest of Europe; they are proof that these migrants are a direct threat to the security of the European nations. Every day more comes to light about the crimes these Syrian migrants are committing. Yet, the European nations have set laws into place to prevent the media from exposing the threat to their national security.

Perhaps there is a legal way to show that Justin Trudeau’s Syrian immigration plan is a direct threat to Canada’s safety? In light of that fact, there could be a legal cause to have the Governor General have him step down as the Liberal’s plan to import Syrians poses a direct known threat to Canada’s national security?
commented 2016-01-11 08:19:07 -0500
Does anybody know what percentage of any of the refugees are Christian and what percentage are Muslim economic migrants.
commented 2016-01-11 07:39:56 -0500
No over sight in Canada, eh?

Follow the money because that trail is going to hit billions and billions of dollars that could have been used here in Canada for better purpose.

Follow the money folks.

Lots of folks getting rich off of this.

All lib friends.

All designed by the gay boy with nice hair to bring in more and more islamics while keeping the population in the dark.

Canada is in serious trouble.
commented 2016-01-11 07:34:47 -0500
And yet in Europe the latest shows how bad it is.

Numbers keep rising – the German political leaders have lost control and now the media AND the people are going public – DESPITE laws PREVENTING the media from reporting crimes by islamics against resident European citizens.

Hundreds of people and reporters in Europe have been jailed, fined or at a minimum lost their jobs by reporting the truth in the past – however now it seems to be starting to snowball out of control for the political leaders.

Now …….

“Reuters: 600 Criminal Complaints Filed by Germans on Sexual Assaults by Migrants”


Now the lefty New York Times – or as they often deserve to be called – the New York Slimes has also announced:

“New York Times: Germany Should Close Borders, Conduct Mass Deportations, AND Merkel Must Resign”


This report is so out of character for the left leaning rag the NYT I am amazed and stunned that even they just might have awakened to the threat merkel has brought to the new Eurabia.

Some big changes are happening in Europe, and it shows the elites are starting to lose their grip. Even Norway is starting to see some serious reporting about rape numbers going public. Sweden still has jail terms for media outlets reporting them.

Do we really need to import that islamic evil into Canada?