“The intention [of the bill] is very clear,” said Alexander. “We will be enhancing the ability of the immigration system to detect and then to act on cases of polygamy. There are many cases — at least hundreds across the country, maybe even more — of people who have come here with multiple wives without that fact being confirmed in the immigration system and without anything having been done about it, even when it’s detected later.
“We will give ourselves the tools to act. Polygamists are not welcome in this country and, if and when they are found in our immigration system, they will be removed from this country.”
The Canadian embassy in Saudi Arabia says it has found itself in an awkward situation after it was flooded by applications from Saudi men seeking visas to visit the western country along with more than a wife. The embassy says while polygamy is permitted in Saudi Arabia, it is a punishable crime in Canada.
“The Canadian embassy in Riyadh said it has sent a letter to its government asking for clarification regarding visa for Saudi men having more than a wife,” the Saudi Arabic language daily Sabq said on Monday.
Saturday, April 7, 2012SURREY – The lawyer for the former Surrey-based Fijian-Canadian woman charged with immigration fraud for marrying multiple husbands said she was the victim of a trusting friend and an immigration consultant. Jotika Ashni Reddy is on trial for immigration fraud and bigamy told the court that she married her three husbands with sincere intentions and thought she was divorced before marrying for the second and third times.
Her lawyer presented Reddy, 33, as a naive, trusting woman with dyslexia who was taken advantage by a friend and an immigration consultant. “She is the biggest victim in this case,” lawyer Danny Markovitz told the 12-person jury.
Reddy, who was born in Fiji and moved to Canada in 1990, married her first husband, Renbinder Kandola, in April 1997, at age 18, after dating him for two years, reported the Province newspaper.