Shafia Convicted, It’s Now Time To Put Immigration Lobby On Trial
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Shafia Convicted, It’s Now Time To Put The Immigration Lobby On Trial
So Mohammed Shafia has been tried and convicted for the murder of his first wife and his three daughters by both Canada’s judicial system and the court of Canadian public opinion . Now, however, it is time to put Ottawa’s investor immigrant program on trial. According to reports on the Shafia trial, that program allowed Shafia into Canada in the first place.
It is also time to hold to account those Canadians who, while unanimous in their disgust for the Shafias, have supported this program and Canada’s high immigration policy.
Let’s put the investor immigrant program on the witness stand first. In 2007, when Shafia was allowed into Canada, the investor immigrant program required that he and all other investor immigrants, on approval of their applications, pay $400,000 to the federal government. According to the rules, Ottawa then put that money into a special fund which the provinces could use interest-free. In return, on landing in Canada, Shafia— the investor immigrant—- and all his eight (later nine) family members, received Permanent Resident status. In addition, all investor immigrants, Shafia and his family included, could eventually receive Canadian Citizenship.
This year, five years since Shafia put his $400,000 down, the provinces are required to give the $400,000 back to Shafia. At a preferred customer interest rate of 3%, the provinces would normally have been required to pay a conventional lender about $12,000 per year over the five year term of the loan. That would mean in the five year term, the provinces would have had to pay a conventional lender $60,000 in interest. Since Shafia and all Investor Immigrants defer this in return for citizenship, that means that if all the Shafia family were alive this year when the $400,000 is returned to Shafia, the cost to each of the ten for their Canadian Citizenship would have amounted to $6000.
Posted by CIReport.ca
on Feb 4, 2012 | 1 comment