A story out of Manitoba perfectly illustrates how Canada’s Refugee and Immigration policies discriminate against economic immigrants who actually share our Canadian values.
The Warkentin family, originally from Colorado bought a business over five years ago but are being denied permanent residency due to their daughter’s epilepsy diagnosis and may even apply to the little girl visiting the country since the letter advised against her entering the country without seeking advice from a Canadian visa office.
Meanwhile, Trudeau’s Welfare Welcome Wagon is rolled out for those who cross the United States border into Canada illegally.
The couple sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into their Harvest Lodge business, which services hunters and anglers and employs four seasonal workers. They’re active in their community with the church and their daughter’s school, and are not only contributing to the economy but also to the social fabric of Waterhen, population 169.
After five years in the community, there’s no doubt this family is integrated into everyday life. They seem like a lovely family and the kind of people that we’d all be happy to have as friends and neighbours.
So why is the government denying their request?
The reason given is that their daughter will cause what they call “excessive demand”, defined as costs totalling over $6,655 per year on either the education or healthcare systems and other social programs.
But how does this compare to the excessive demand Trudeau’s newly arrived Syrian refugees put on the system?
It cost $384.7M to resettle 25,000 refugees in 2015 which is over $15K each, so more than two times the excessive demand the Warkentin’s are being turned away for. At this time, their daughter is no longer on medication since she hasn’t had a seizure in two years.
Even worse, it’s been uncovered that the Immigration office has the wrong information on file. A report from the school psychologist said it’s possible the child has ADHD, but the government file stated definitively that she does.
It’s immoral to kick this family out of the country and I rarely make requests, but I’m going to ask for your help. Please write a polite email, or leave a polite voicemail for the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen.
Tell him this decision is unCanadian and that he needs to do better for this family and others kicked out of the country for similar reasons. You can reach him by phone at 613-954-1064, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s make the Minister respond to this unCanadian act.