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An e-petition sponsored by Quebec NDP MP Matthew Dubé tabled earlier this year called withdrawing permanent residence status under these circumstances “cruel.” Forcing them to leave Canada would greatly harm the child, it read.
“Unfortunately, due to privacy laws, IRCC cannot comment on specific cases without consent. There are mechanisms in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that allow cases to be considered under humanitarian and compassionate grounds, including an assessment of the particular circumstances and factors of the case that may justify, in exceptional circumstances, the granting of the relief sought.”
But Dubé, who has been working on the file on behalf of his constituent, accused the government of dragging its heels instead of acting with compassion. He said Hussen made a “cardboard cut-out” response.
“It’s just absolutely mind-boggling that we would find ourselves in this situation, and nearly a year later,” he told CBC News. “Beyond the technicalities of the file, as you can imagine it’s made the grieving process just that much more difficult with the family having to re-litigate the process over and over again.”
Dubé said the case reflects a rigid, bureaucratic process instead of one that responded to the exceptional and tragic circumstances of the case.
“At the end of the day, he’s responsible for this department. So if you want to have a truly compassionate system that respects an individual like Sophie, then the minister should be accountable for that and should be making sure his department is doing everything in its power to make sure another person is not in that situation as my constituent is now.”
Dubé is hopeful the case will come to a positive resolution, but he is considering options to mount more pressure on the government to make sure that happens.
A spokesperson for the minister’s office declined to comment on the specific case.