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Petition to Parliaments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

Advocate and introduce legislation promoting the free movement of citizens between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

We believe in the citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (the CANZUK countries) benefiting from a freedom of movement initiative, advancing the ever growing cultural, historical, economical and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties. Because of the unique relationship and socio-economic bonds that Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share, we believe that each country can benefit from a free movement agreement with each other, similar to the policies of the European Union and the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (T.T.T.A) between Australia and New Zealand. We propose that the governments of the aforementioned countries finalise agreements (and inevitably, legislation) which make it possible for citizens to move freely with no restrictions regarding work permits or visa controls. Through mutual travel agreements and mobility schemes, Canadian, Australian, New Zealander and British governments can offer valuable economic connections, strengthen political relationships and benefit from cultural and historical traditions, while strengthening trade, investment, military and diplomatic relationships for the future. Freedom of movement is already a growing global ideology (as seen with the T.T.T.A and the European Union). Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share the same head of state, the same common-law legal system, the same western culture, the same respect for democracy and even the same is therefore unreasonable for each to not share the same economic, political and cultural benefits that a free movement policy would bring . We hereby propose this petition to all members of the Canadian, Australian, New Zealander and British parliaments, and urge them to advocate such freedom of movement principles within their respective governments.  CANZUK InternationalWebsite:   www.CANZUKinternational.comFacebook:

CANZUK International
197,972 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Ahmed Hussen, Serge Cormier, Jenny Kwan, IRC MInister

Grant Syrian Refugee and Ottawa Resident Dima Siam Permanent Residency in Canada

Dima Siam (far right, in white hijab, holding her baby, Maria), is a Syrian refugee welcoming her brother-in-law and his family as sponsored refugees to Canada on April 12, 2017. Siam is fighting a deportation order that would send her to Syria, the result of a simple paperwork error. The Trudeau government has thusfar refused to end her nightmare of limbo and grant her permanent resident status. We are seeking the same status for Dima Siam as was granted to 35,000 other Syrian refugees welcomed to Canada: permanent residency. To: Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to Mr. Hussen; Jenny Kwan, NDP Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  We are asking you to grant immediate Permanent Resident status to Dima Siam, a stateless Syrian Palestinian who lives in Ottawa with her husband and four children, all of whom are Canadian citizens. Since January 29, 2015, Dima Siam, a teacher with university degrees in education and biology, has lived under the threat of deportation from Canada to Syria, the very war zone from which Canada has recently received 25,000 refugees. Amnesty International writes: “As a Syrian woman Dima Siam faces a wide range of serious human rights abuses in Syria,” adding, “anyone fleeing Syria should be considered in need of international protection.” You can provide Dima Siam with that protection by exercising your discretion under Section 25.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and granting her the same Permanent Resident status enjoyed by over 25,000 Syrians recently welcomed to Canada. You have shown compassion and common sense in resolving cases like Dima Siam’s that were left over from the previous government, and we trust you will do so once more upon considering the facts of this case. Needless to say, the threat of deportation to Syria, where Dima Siam would be at risk from all sides of the conflict, is psychological torture. It has resulted in depression, family stress – especially for the young children, who fear they too will be deported and who won’t stay in a room unless one of their parents is constantly with them – emergency room visits via ambulance, and a range of other afflictions due to a life of constant fear and uncertainty. While a letter outlining the chronology of this case has been sent to your office, we wish to point out to you that Dima Siam finds herself in limbo because of a simple paperwork error, an honest misinterpretation of one checkbox on her sponsorship form, which was filled out by her husband, Mohammad. When Dima and Mohammad were called in to see an Immigration officer more than 20 MONTHS after it was submitted, they were informed their application could only proceed if they repaid a modest amount of social assistance that the family had received when the application was submitted.  Despite meeting the Immigration Officer’s requirement of paying back the social assistance, on January 29, 2015, Dima Siam’s sponsorship application was rejected, and she then received a letter with this ominous demand: “You are currently in Canada without status and you must leave immediately.” Needless to say, they were devastated. How could Canada send anyone back to Syria based on a checkbox error? What’s worse, in February, 2015, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) called Dima Siam in to fill out a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA), which the family took great pains to produce and submit. After waiting almost an additional stressful year for a decision (one in which the stress resulted in emergency room hospital visits), they were told the CBSA would NOT review the PRRA application because it was issued to the family in error. When the government makes a mistake that results in an additional year of excruciating limbo and thousands in expenses, the only ones who pay the price are Dima Siam and her family. Canadian courts and tribunals have long recognized that there will be instances where the strict, inflexible application of the rules in an individual case would be unjust and harsh, and the case of Dima Siam is certainly one of them (see, for example, Hajariwala v M.E.I., [1988] F.C.J. No. 1021, where the Federal Court of Canada recognized “The purpose of the [immigration] statute is to permit immigration, not prevent it.” See also Baker v. MCI [1999] S.C.J. No. 39, at para. 53-74, where the Supreme Court of Canada declared: “immigration officers are expected to make the decision that a reasonable person would make, with special consideration of humanitarian values such as keeping connections between family members and avoiding hardship by sending people to places where they no longer have connections.”)             While we are pleased to welcome 35,000 Syrian refuges to this country, we believe that Canada must also immediately end the limbo faced by Dima Siam and hundreds of other Syrian refugees facing deportation FROM Canada back TO Syria. They should be granted permanent resident status leading to citizenship so they can properly access health care, educational opportunities, and employment.             A positive first step will be the immediate resolution of the Dima Siam case, allowing her and her family to lift the weight of fear and terror that hangs over their heads with Canada’s threat to deport her to Syria based on an honest paperwork error.             We look forward to reading you have granted Dima Siam permanent residency and that your government will consider a similar solution for hundreds of other Syrians facing similar challenges.

Matthew Behrens
22,424 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to The Honourable Ahmed Hussen

Urgent-Minister of Immigration Needs to Review Unfair Rejection

Canadian Employers and Cubans need to be treated fairly at the Canadian Embassy in Havana. Cubans should not be subjected to discrimination by gender for a job (against Canadian law- discrimination by the economy of their country and discrimination because they have never travelled outside the country before. As Canadian employers we should not have to pay $56,000.00 to the top Toronto Immigration lawyer (recommended by government staff as they are so disgusted also!!) just to have a work permit "reviewed objectively and consistently to ensure fair and equitable treatment" as the Immigration claims they do, which is not true at all in this case. As a Canadian citizen I was shocked that” I was treated like a criminal at the Canadian Embassy in Havana” even although I was being polite and calm trying to get help as to why this insanity was happening.*those are exactly the same words other Canadians have usedas to how they were treated also when requesting help fora lost Canadian resident card so you can imagine how Cubansare treated ! * This is not about refugees. This is not about taking Canadian jobs. We paid $1,000.00 for the Labour Market Impact Assessment and advertised the job on Service Canada and other websites for 5 months with no suitable, qualified english speaking Canadian home care worker. Our MP's office informed us of the facts: -the Cuban Temporary Foreign Worker passed his interview for his work permit -no further documents were required except the Dr. disability form and letter stating why it was urgent (which had already been submitted) Two days later on a Sunday (no criminal record or changes) the rejection letter arrived, devastating the Cuban temporary foreign worker and my Canadian family, especially my 88 year old mother. As Canadian employers we should have not been: discriminated against at the Canadian Embassy in Havana because we work as children's entertainers. -manager’s letter from Scotiabank not believed manager's letter from Raymond James Investments not believed-then told the financial paperwork was outdated and to do it all over again with even more paperwork ! history of bank account Our finances were already approved in Canada by the LMIA *if the LMIA was approved, the officer is not required to assess the employer's financials. The assessment for LMIA is NOT done by IRCC but by ESDC , as you know. (from my immigration consultant) -APPROVED URGENT Labour Market Impact Assessment8 months later told to send the doctor disability form and letter stating why the work permit is urgent to have the work permit considered urgent !! Cuban youth home care worker (Braulio) desperately needing to make money to repair his house to make it SAFE to live in for his 70 year old uncle with cerebral palsy and himself. He qualifies for the job as per the approved LMIA job ad 4 years experience as home care worker for senior with cerebral palsy (* LMIA ad - 1 year experience)Senior’s doctor and several people in community confirmed 20 hour Red Cross certificate, (only 14-16 hour in Canada)*also Red Cross instructor confirmed she would re certify him in Canada upon arrivalgrew up in a Doctor’s house who practiced there while gettinghis grade 12.he  supports my mother on yearly vacationsperfect match for her independent nature -she will listen to himand take his adviceenglish is good (better than any applicant interviewed in Canada) LMIA "may involve some personal care " *MAY.. yet officer discrimated against Braulio as he is a male to work for my mother-against Canadian Law and I told him I would do personal care if necessary as I live 2 blocks away LMIA Ad Mostly home care work.. we did not ask for nurse. I know what care my mother needs not the officer in Cuba. -Letter from a pharmacist who lives next door who agreed to care for his uncle while he would be in Canada. He more than qualifies for the approved LMIA job contract.*** the work permit W301 808 584 for Braulio Enrique González Jaramillo needs to have a minister's permit to over turn this inhumane, unjust rejection based on incorrect information and judgements that are not based on Canadian laws. the officer’s notes were shocking at how she twisted the information and omitted information that should have been in our favour. She had a demeanour from hell towards me as a Canadian citizen.“I’m from Montreal and I have seen it all and above” and proceeded to treat me like a criminal. Over 49 categories were passed on the work permit -standard generic excuses were used below -officer said she had concerns about him as a male looking after a female senior ! Against the law in Canada to discriminate by gender for a job !! Rejection of Work Permit Excuses "never travelled outside the country before."-most places a Cuban can go without a visa have a high crime rate, war, major health issues or are too expensive. How can a Cuban travel outside the country when the Canadian Embassy uses this excuse to discriminate against Cubans? "Money" A temporary foreign worker comes to Canada to make money, thus can support them self. Home care program the Labour Market Impact Assessment rules require:-the Canadian employer provide free rent and free food-pay medium wages, not minimum Money is not an issue to support them-self "Purpose of Visit"Make money to have a basic standard of living-repair roof to stop rain coming in Uncle’s bedroom, other rooms-put bars on windows for safety -put a shower in for 70 year old uncle with cerebral palsy to wash sitting on a chair "Economy in Cuba"This is discrimination.This youth was left as an orphan at age 11 and my husband and I not only find him the most qualified, suitable, experienced home care worker but would like to see him make the money desperately needed to have a SAFE house in Cuba for his 70 year old uncle with cerebral palsy and himself.“Family Ties” Braulio reconnected with his father at age 18. -Dad has 9 sibling thus a huge family connection which Braulio visits often for meal, family celebrations etc.-Dad is a police captain that has worked hard trying to help Braulio get the necessary paperwork that take for ever to get. -Doctor Lisset’s family that he lived with while attending school-strong connection, visits often and they still help Braulio Officer’s Opinion-it is obvious that this officer has behaved in a unprofessional manner, with her demeanour from hell towards anyone, discriminated by gender for job, discrimination against us by profession as Canadian family entertainers, unnecessary and inappropriate questioning of the temporary foreign about me as a Canadian employer - my finances, if I have children, what am I doing in Havana, on and on… Thus the officer’s opinion that Braulio would not go back to the country he loves, the climate he loves, the huge family he loves - the fact that he doesn’t want to lose any more precious time away from his family than necessary is nothing but an "opinion" from an offficer at the Canadian Embassy in Havana that has proved on numerous her lack of professionalism. Questioning the temporary foreign worker about my private life as the employer, which wasn't even her job speaks loud and clear that her "opinions" should not be valued.I am:the main care giver for a brother with an acquired brain injury who has is going through cancer treatment.have always supported his 3 kids with foster parents, as theirmum died. Run our entertainment company as my husband has hearing problems.- Take care of my 88 year old mother This is why I desperately need this workeR !!!! My mother wants to remain in her home two blocks away from our house. She smokes and I do not want her walking x number of feet away from a building to smoke in the winter as she is 88 and has broken her hip twice already. Care giver burn out is a big factor. The LMIA was approved as URGENT July 2015 and rejected May 1/2016 I have been writing MP’s, the Minister of Immigration, up to Justin Trudeau’s office from Jan. 2016 to present and it appears Immigration is not accountable to anyone for their errors, wrong information, twisted opinions not even based on Canadian values !!, discrimination and emotional abuse to Cubans and even Canadians !! If a humane, correct decision without discrimination had been made by Canadian Immigration in Havanamy mother would have the qualified home care worker most suitable to her needs2) our business would not be crippled by the government's decision if I had this suitable home care worker3) The government would be getting more tax money from us and from the temporary worker4) We would be able to do more charity work for Children's Aid, Erin Oaks Disabled Kids..etc. if my mother has a suitable home care worker.Win, win situation. Braulio and his uncle would get a SAFE house to live in Cuba. Please Make Change and have Cubans and Canadians treated without discrimination and emotional abuse at our Canadian Embassy in Havana. As a Canadian citizen of 62 years, and business owner 30 years I am so ashamed of this inhumane treatment at our Canadian Embassy in Cuba. The staff at the Canadian Embassy needs to held accountable and Braulio needs to be treated fairly as well as all Cubans and Canadians needing help at the Embassy. The ten commandments are indeed needed at the Canadian Embassy in Havana and Canadian values.    

Bev Brown
85 supporters