Last month a Saudi teenager named Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun fled her family by jumping on a flight to Thailand.
Then, after having her passport taken away by a Saudi diplomat, leaving her stranded in Bangkok, she began making appeals for asylum on Twitter.
Alqunun said that if she returned to her family, she would face abuse, persecution and maybe even death, after renouncing Islam.
Her tweets for help from a Bangkok hotel room trended internationally, and to the Canadian government.
Never ones to pass up an opportunity to virtue signal to the rest of the world about what do-gooders they are, they granted Alqunun asylum and had her land on Canadian soil in an astounding eight days.
When she landed at Toronto's Pearson airport, the spectacle was enormous. Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland hung off the girl and paraded her around in front of the media like a partisan prop.
I wanted to know how that debacle came to be and, how Alqunun managed to receive warp speed service from both Global Affairs and Citizenship and Immigration Canada while Yazidis languished for 15 months in immigration purgatory, and persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi spent three dangerous months waiting for Canada to intervene on her behalf.
I filed a Freedom of Information request with both ministries to:
“...provide copies of all documents including emails, memos, briefing notes, communication plans, Q&As, media lines, text and or instant messages, waivers etc regarding the planning and preparation for the arrival at Toronto Pearson airport of Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, and the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to welcome her, covering the time from January 1st 2019 to January 14th 2019.”
Today I'll show you the responses I received from each, about one week apart.
And in both cases, I didn't get information. I got stonewalled.
Conveniently, both ministries are taking an extension beyond the statutory 30 days to provide the information.
Instead of one month, it will be a total of seven months before we know how Alqunun got the help she needed so quickly to escape Islamic extremists, while so many other women, did not.