Sunday, January 1, 2017

Alison Azer 12 hrs · Important initiative for Canadians detained abroad. There are similarities between detention and abduction - and I'm grateful to Mohamed Fahmy for standing in solidarity with #AzerKidsNeedMum. We need laws that ensure consular support for Canadians in need. And we need education and training for agents of the court to protect vulnerable children from parental abduction in the first place.--------Julie Ali I have just read this opinion piece Alison. I also went to the report cited in the piece: http://www.rideauinstitute.ca/.../03/Canadians-Abroad.pdf Canadians Abroad: A Policy and Legislative Agenda I was shocked to discover that Canadians abroad have no legal right to help from its own government. The past Conservative government was responsible for an erosion of effort on the already pallid work of the federal consular services to the point where it now seems that the response of the federal government is random and even discriminatory. I mean why are your kids not home when the federal government sent a plane to get a Canadian citizen as noted here:http://www.rideauinstitute.ca/.../03/Canadians-Abroad.pdf Canadians Abroad A Policy and Legislative Agenda Gar Pardy Of even greater import in the provision of consular services to Canadians are the changes, over the past decade, to some of the fundamentals in the consular policies of the Government of Canada. These changes have largely resulted from the difficulties specific Canadians have encountered in foreign countries. In a number of cases, decisions by courts (mainly the Federal Court) forced the government to assist a Canadian when clearly it was not inclined to do so. As many of these cases involved new Canadians, there were legitimate fears of selective and discriminatory assistance. The Canadians involved were subjects of considerable public comment and their names alone illustrate the basis on which charges of discrimination were made: Ahmed Said Khadr, Muayyed Nurredin, Omar Khadr, Abdullah Khadr, Maher Arar, Ahmad Elmaati, Abduraham Khadr, Abdullah Khadr, Abdullah Almalki, Aly Hindy, Abousufian Abdelrazik and Suaad Mohammed. In comparison, the press also reported closely on the case of Brenda Martin, who had been detained by the Mexican authorities on fraud charges. In that case the government provided extraordinary assistance, even providing for an aircraft to return her to Canada after she was ultimately freed. Unfortunately, the standard of service available to Ms Martin is not available to all. ********************* If the federal government is able to act decisively in specific cases that it wants to intervene in why not for all citizens? It's time to ask these questions of the minister involved. I have written to Mr. Dion and I encourage all of your supporters to ask why all Canadians who go abroad pay for consular services that we do not get and that we are not legally entitled to get despite being Canadian nationals. So ridiculous. Here are the e-mail addressed to Mr. Dion, the Auditor General of Canada and Mr. Trudeau: stephane.dion@parl.gc.ca infomedia@oag-bvg.gc.ca justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca>-



Important initiative for Canadians detained abroad. There are similarities between detention and abduction - and I'm grateful to Mohamed Fahmy for standing in solidarity with #AzerKidsNeedMum. We need laws that ensure consular support for Canadians in need. And we need education and training for agents of the court to protect vulnerable children from parental abduction in the first place.
Other countries have enshrined consular protection for foreign detainees in federal law. Why hasn't Canada?
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Darlene Jones You nailed it, Alison!
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Christina Wallace We need effective exit controls for children from all Hague convention countries. We also need effective and quick court processes within Canada as interprovincial abductions happen and can be tricky and expensive to resolve. 

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Deborah David Yes in the beginning there needs to be intra provincial, cross boarder controls linked to air, land and sea advisories.  This is doable.    +  www.findazerkidsnow.com So why does the Liberal Government waiting for.....Our Canadian Citizens need Protection. Just ask Mohamed Fahmyhe lived it. 
Nine months ago, her children were abducted and taken to Iran. It’s time for them to come home. Sign the petition…
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Kim Simpkins Hoping for a better year for you, quick return this year. Hugs agree 100% , better communication between agencies.
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Karen Fisher Yes!! 
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Rob Milne Laws "IN"Canada will not help. A Governing body that "WILL" help you is needed. If you deserve the help.
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Sherry Patterson Absolutely!
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Julie Ali I have just read this opinion piece Alison. I also went to the report cited in the piece: http://www.rideauinstitute.ca/.../03/Canadians-Abroad.pdf Canadians Abroad: A Policy and Legislative Agenda I was shocked to discover that Canadians abroad have no legal right to help from its own government. The past Conservative government was responsible for an erosion of effort on the already pallid work of the federal consular services to the point where it now seems that the response of the federal government is random and even discriminatory. I mean why are your kids not home when the federal government sent a plane to get a Canadian citizen as noted here:http://www.rideauinstitute.ca/.../03/Canadians-Abroad.pdf
Canadians Abroad A Policy and Legislative Agenda 
Gar Pardy
Of even greater import in the provision of consular services to Canadians are the changes, over the past decade, to some of the fundamentals in the consular policies of the Government of Canada. These changes have largely resulted from the difficulties specific Canadians have encountered in foreign countries. In a number of cases, decisions by courts (mainly the Federal Court) forced the government to assist a Canadian when clearly it was not inclined to do so. As many of these cases involved new Canadians, there were legitimate fears of selective and discriminatory assistance. The Canadians involved were subjects of considerable public comment and their names alone illustrate the basis on which charges of discrimination were made: Ahmed Said Khadr, Muayyed Nurredin, Omar Khadr, Abdullah Khadr, Maher Arar, Ahmad Elmaati, Abduraham Khadr, Abdullah Khadr, Abdullah Almalki, Aly Hindy, Abousufian Abdelrazik and Suaad Mohammed. In comparison, the press also reported closely on the case of Brenda Martin, who had been detained by the Mexican authorities on fraud charges. In that case the government provided extraordinary assistance, even providing for an aircraft to return her to Canada after she was ultimately freed. Unfortunately, the standard of service available to Ms Martin is not available to all.
********************* If the federal government is able to act decisively in specific cases that it wants to intervene in why not for all citizens? It's time to ask these questions of the minister involved. I have written to Mr. Dion and I encourage all of your supporters to ask why all Canadians who go abroad pay for consular services that we do not get and that we are not legally entitled to get despite being Canadian nationals. So ridiculous. Here are the e-mail addressed to Mr. Dion, the Auditor General of Canada and Mr. Trudeau: stephane.dion@parl.gc.ca infomedia@oag-bvg.gc.ca justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca>
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