Did a Trudeau Liberal Minister Commit Refugee Fraud?
Federal Minister Maryam Monsef is back in the news this week, over the same scandal that dogged her in 2016. According to news reports, Monsef still hasn’t resolved the issues with her citizenship and has yet to receive a new, updated passport.
Last fall, Monsef revealed that she was born in Iran and not Afghanistan as she had once claimed. We also learned that Monsef spent most of her childhood in the city of Mashad, Iran — not war-torn Afghanistan.
Monsef admitted in an interview that her family was “technically safe” in Iran, calling into question whether she was a bona fide refugee, as per international definitions and Canadian immigration law.
And, perhaps the most bizarre aspect of the story, we learned that Monsef travelled to Iran and Afghanistan after obtaining Canadian citizenship. Most refugees don’t travel back to the country they fled, and most Canadians are practically banned from entering Iran — one of the world’s most authoritarian and reclusive countries.
While parts of Monsef’s story didn’t add up, there was a curious lack of skepticism on behalf of journalists in Canada. This was particularly peculiar given that Monsef’s personal story and identity as an Afghan refugee had been the focus of significant media attention during her ascent in federal politics.
But, as it turned out, some of her story was untrue.