Immigration and Refugee Board Adjucator David McBean Must Go

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Immigration and Refugee Board Adjucator David McBean Must Go

by: Obert Madondo  | Mar 11, 2011:

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Obert Madondo, Editor, The Canadian Progressive

How disappointing!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has reappointed Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator, David McBean, to another five-year term. He rejected all 169 cases he adjudicated since 2007.

McBean does not represent Canadian values of compassion, human right and respect for human dignity. His record automatically strikes terror in the heart of any would-be refugee. I’m speaking from personal experience.

I arrived in Canada as a political refugee from Zimbabwe in August, 2003. Although the IRB expedited my case, the weeks leading to my hearing were tortuous. I dreaded the possibility losing my meritorious case and returning to the waiting jaws of Robert Mugabe, the genocidal dictator of Zimbabwe. Within three months, the IRB had accepted my refugee application. Canada restored my stolen dignity and gave me a fresh start in life.

Read more about my life on these memoir writings on The Canadian Progressive blog.

McBean’s motives in rejecting 169 different personal stories of potential persecution and even death should even be subject of speculation. Surely, it’s a remarkable coincidence that all lacked credibility.

McBean is anti-immigrant. He is the very antithesis of Canada’s compassion-based refugee determinant system.Most importantly, his record shamed the principles of the 1951 Refugee Convention of the United Nations Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The convention legally defines “who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states.”

McBean is the quintessential “ugly Canadian“.

The government should preserve the integrity of our incomparable refugee determinant system and revoke McBean’s reappointment.

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter.com/Obiemad

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based activist and progressive political blogger. He's the founder and publisher of The Canadian Progressive, a hard-hitting, provocative, unapologetic, activism-oriented political blog.
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  • Stu Craine

    my personal belief: what else would you really expect from a Harper lackey…