A transgendered woman from Northern Ireland who has lived and worked in Nova Scotia since 2006 is fighting to stay in Canada.
Tanya Bloomfield, owner of a computer company in Chester, was denied temporary work and residency applications in the last year and could face deportation if immigration officials do not give her refugee status.
Her last temporary residence permit expired last August.
Bloomfield is now completing her refugee status claim and will know by the end of next week if her case will be approved.
If she is not granted refugee status, she will be deported immediately, her lawyer Lee Cohen said Friday.
Claiming refugee status is one of the tricks employed to delay removal from the country after all avenues have been exhausted. The last is to plea on humanitarian grounds. And it was done at the prompting of her lawyer but this should come as no surprise. Canada's asylum system has been fashioned by immigration lawyers for their benefit and not for humanitarian and compassionate reasons. As a consequence Canada has become the choice country for bogus asylum claims at great cost to Canadian taxpayers (and great rewards for the immigration industry).
It is dishonest but who cares? You're only conning the Canadian people out of self interest and at their expense. No big deal. Besides Canada isn't a real country anyways. It is just a postal code where no one who lives there has a right to decided who can and cannot permanently reside there.
The idea of a transgendered woman fleeing persecution from northern Ireland should invite laughter but here we take it seriously; well the Singh decision forces us to anyways. As long as that albatross hangs around Canada's neck there is little we can do to stop this kind of nonsense.