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Will PM’s words be enough to sway Canada decision?

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According to the Oxford dictionary, “Dismay” means “to make afraid or discouraged at the prospect of trouble or danger; fill with apprehension or alarm; daunt; a loss of courage or confidence at the prospect of trouble or danger.”
It was one of two words used in the first press statement expressing sentiments of the Saint Lucian Government following Canadian visa imposition for Saint Lucians travelling to Canada. The other word was “disappointment.”
“The Government of Saint Lucia is disappointed and dismayed by the decision of the Government of Canada to impose visas on Saint Lucians who wish to travel to Canada,” read the brief statement issued September 12. This, the same day visa restrictions were to take effect, following a notice by Canadian Immigration authorities September 11, 2012.  On that day Dr Kenny Anthony addressed the nation on diplomatic ties with Taiwan. But for many, that night, the BB broadcasts and Facebook postings about the Canada visa situation took precedence.
“The Government of Saint Lucia deeply regrets that the Canadian Government did not give it an opportunity to address the concerns regarding the claims of “unreliable travel documents” allegedly held by some Saint Lucians,” the press statement said. A full statement by the Government subsequent to the receipt of an official communique from the Canadian Government was promised.
In the days which followed there were back and forth sound bites in the media from both former Prime Minister Stephenson King and Dr Kenny Anthony as to who knew what about the Canadian issue. This, even as more than 40 Saint Lucians were deported from Canada in the last two months, half of them in September alone.  Dr Anthony has since stated that he was informed by the High Commission in Barbados, “that the former Prime Minister was repeatedly alerted to the danger that Saint Lucia faced.”
A memorandum dated Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from the Consul General of Saint Lucia in Toronto, Mr.Stephen Julian informed King of two new pieces of legislation dealing with immigration to Canada and the likely impact on Saint Lucians.
“We can expect a dramatic increase in deportations of Saint Lucian refugee claimants in Canada and consequently, a further justification for the imposition of visa restrictions on our nationals,” Julien was quoted as saying.
A week later and the Government is now describing the situation as “unfortunate” a word which can mean “characterized by bad luck or misfortune,” “regrettable” or “deplorable.”             A press statement issued by the Government on Wednesday September 20, titled “An Unfortunate Blow,” noted receipt of official communication by the Canadian authorities following the visa imposition. The Canadian Government said that the decision to remove the visa exemption from Saint Lucian travelers was not taken lightly.  However, Saint Lucia does not meet Canada’s criteria for an exemption from the visa
requirement due to the sustained flow of asylum claimants to Canada and a
high rate of immigration violations,” the press statement read.
Wednesday’s statement confirmed that Dr Anthony was formally told of the Canadian concerns at a meeting in Antigua on August 11, 2012, between the Prime Minister and the Canadian High Commissioner. The High Commissioner indicated that Canada was concerned by the high number of asylum claims from Saint Lucian and the significant number of Saint Lucians, who had criminal convictions, and had legally changed their names and returned to Canada with new passports under new names.
The Prime Minister conceded awareness of the claims for asylum but claimed had never received complaints about the travel documents. He reportedly requested time to address the concerns of the Government of Canada, the High Commissioner promising to convey his request.
However, on September 10, 2012 the High Commissioner advised that the Government of Canada did not accede to the request of the Prime Minister for time and would be issuing a statement the next day, to announce the imposition of visas. The Cabinet, the Government said was duly briefed.
Therefore, according to the facts from the Government, one day ahead of the Prime Minister’s advertised address to the nation it was known that Canada would be imposing visas on Saint Lucians. Why then wasn’t the address broadened to talk about Saint Lucia’s foreign policy, mention the visa imposition and the announcement of diplomatic ties?
Instead, listeners and viewers were treated to a tirade of the presumed ills and sins of Taiwan and the former Taiwanese ambassador before being told that the Government would stay with Taiwan while the SLP would stick like glue to China.
This also begs the question to as to why all the adjectives and sounding alarm bells of surprise and finger pointing as to who knew what and did what about it when the horses were already out of the stable.
Why the “considerable distress” as the Government press statement reads about “the blanket statement emanating from ‘Citizenship and Immigration Canada’ that visa requirements were imposed because of unreliable travel documents.”
The Prime Minister will shortly be dispatching a letter to the Canadian Prime Minister urging him to reconsider the decision of the Government of Canada.
Let us hope that this letter has some more appropriate adjectives and makes a better case as to how we intend on dealing with such issues here like lapses in immigration, immigration, the police and home affairs working closely together and the ease at which illegal nationals from Guyana, Jamaica and Nigeria have in the past few months been able to lay their hands on Saint Lucian Passports.                 Let us hope too that WestJet can be talked into continued support for tourism with airlift in and out of Canada, even after their load factors diminished since the visa restriction and a reported fine was imposed on the airline for carrying a Saint Lucian national with “incomplete” residency documents just last week.

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29 Responses to Will PM’s words be enough to sway Canada decision?

  1. Botox says:

    Canada used immigrants from China, India and Pakistan to bolster their real estate market and tax base, as well they needed desperate people to do the crap jobs. St. Lucians are too smart for Canadians, I can remember a St. Lucian migrant worker telling me how the Canadian farms try to use him like a slave, but in true St. Lucian fashion he refused to be pushed around. You see, if Canada cannot exploit you, it has no use for you, hence visas and visa fees. Things are not always as they appear, this so called rich country is simply a money trap.

  2. Black Rhino says:

    Hellllllooo, did we not expect this? I did. When you encounter a bunch of retarded, lazy, gossiping, idle, good for nothing St Lucians in Canada, you’ll see why I expected this. Far too many go to the people’s country and act like they’ve made it. Nevermind the fact that they sleep on someone else’s sofa and still stab that same person in the back. Its unfair that Peter has to pay for Paul, but unlike St Lucia, Canada sees the need to manage its borders and control who or what enters their country. Wether they’re racist or not, for many years St Lucians have travelled to Canada without the inconvenience of having to obtain a visa. The people have decided that enough is enough, so yet…

    • Black Rhino says:

      The people have decided that enough is enough, so yet again, ‘Kwapo go smoke Helen pipe’. Arise from your deep slumber St Lucia. The world will not wait for us to catch up with it. Fix up, wake up and be counted.

  3. Keith says:

    well folks I’m canadian living in Canada and love your country, why would you want to leave? Most of the problem with immigrants coming in from the carribean is caused from Jamaican drug people whom get into Toronto and Montreal.Unfortunatally your country gets tangled into the web of “crap” because of this. If you are expecting The government of Canada to do anything reasonable forget it. They dont do anything right for us

  4. Radaganza says:

    Another cost and tax grab for Canada…
    If this is the case! at
    least tell Canada to put an embassy in St.Lucia. Doing away with Lucians having to incure more expence by flying to Trinidad …
    This is no good..Airlines such as Air Canada West Jet are not going to fly home empty for long…
    Wake up Kenny…GET THIS FIXED..

  5. PETE says:

    Time out folks, time out. There is so much finger pointing ah starting to get lost.
    The present Canadian Government is full with racist posing as Mini Stars. Before blaming Mr. Antony or dem so called Bad Johns, or others, it eh Looshans alone in this boat.
    3000 plus so called citizenships has been revoked.
    We too must take a look at ourselves and our domestic issues at home. A man go beat a woman and to most of us it comes like a joke.
    Desperate people will do desperate things. The advise of some of those crooked Laywers are not been addressed. So take a look at the whole before making judgement on the few good ones who saw Canada as a place to build a future.

  6. 40+ year old Canadian (page 2) says:

    It’s just an easy way to show their supporters how tough they are on ‘non-white foreigners.

    I would trade be Canadian for Lucian any second of the day. You are my second home and I cannot wait for the day that I can buy a one-way ticket and leave this f’n shitehole once and for all.

  7. 40+ year old Canadian says:

    I think you are all missing the point here. Canada is now governed by the far right. They cater only to the far right. The far right are most WASPS – WHITE Anglican-Saxon Protestant. Can you see the picture? Anti-immigrant, anti-socialism, anti-caring, anti health-care, anti-welfare but pro-money, pro-war, pro-gun, pro-death, pro-racism. Do you actually know that some members of this government think that Nelson Mandela is a terrorist? They won a majority government with only 40% of the cast votes, of which only 61% even bothered to vote. Do the math. St. Lucia is nothing special to these people. It’s just an easy way to show their supporters how tough they are on ‘non-white…

  8. One Love says:

    Botox, I am a Canadian Citizen, has been for 27 years, I have never been on welfare, and yes I do my taxes every year and it is based on my yearly income.Accept the fact that some St. Lucians has made it bad for all of us. Those with the criminal Minds

  9. No BS!! says:

    It’s amazing,everyone blames the government for the Canadian government implementing a visa for us to enter their country….week after week i read these blogs and constructive reasoning and criticism seems to be a thing of the past.Dr. Anthony seems to be the target of most criticism,Stevenson King the target of most insults.We are the ones to be blamed for the persons we choose to leader our country. We are the ones to be blamed for the visa restrictions imposed on us.We overstay and engage in every counterproductive thing we can find.Hence the reason reason for this predicament so dry your tears,move on and let common sense prevail!!

  10. LuckyLucian says:

    Well u gotta blame folks like guyz, i did it ,applied for refugee status knowing that it wouldnt go through ,but that work permit gave me enough time to find a sponsor ,by the time i went to refugee hearing ,i already had my papers sent in for Permanent residency ,I also had a canadian girlfriend and a kid ,my moms’s a citizen and so were my sisters ,but i was to old to be sponsored by them ,anyways im about to get my canadian citizenship anytime soon ,Gone are the good old days .I never went on welfare just to let you know,i’ve been here for 13 yrs now.

    • OMG says:

      Welfare or no Welfare you still defrauded the Canadian immigration system which resulted in Canada tightening the loophole such as the one you exploited 13 years ago.
      Have you realized it is people like you that started all this?
      You are now in here bragging like you earned some kind of a trophy.
      All the scamming loopholes are now blocked.

    • PETE says:

      Don’t fool yourself and thinking that by obtaining Citizenship you get off free my friend.

      Your citizenship can be taken away from you, if there is proof that you lied when applying, so be very careful pal what you writing in here.

  11. peti mo says:

    as for kenny…..what a great waste of faculty……shame on you…..even fidel if he his brains still working would have to admit….kenny is a waste of education….now i see what bro george saw…….you aint no leader….eye swing….enough is enough…..im comeing home..

  12. peti mo says:

    lucians always spoiling it for lucians……new york….canada….london….martinique….same ting……if i have to leave lucia ..i refuse to be associated with them….yes them ..the brand of lucians who refuse to excel……call me names its ok….i use to say 400 tourist on a lucian boat ride…booze …music…ect no problem…that same week 26 lucians on de same ride….quarelling ….fuss and even grievious harm….we like it so……call me fresh as poor as i am i refuse to join that group…i am a proud stlucian…..too fay

  13. One Love says:

    Botox you are so wrong, when a St. Lucian receives Canadian citizen, the government never ask about your property in St. Lucia, stop spreading propaganda, we are more intelligent that that. The Visa imposition was as a result of those claiming refugee status, complaining that they are being persecuted in St. Lucia because they are gay, and as soon as they get the Canadian Government help, they go on welfare and send for their hetrosexual wife or husband. I am sad that we ned visas to enter Canada now , because those who really need help will not get it.

    • godless says:

      It’s simple!if you keep bringing your dirty laundry to someone to clean it,it don’t take long for them to know what you smell like and what’s your regular attire,so if some of our people continue to cry wolf when there’s no wolf soon who ever they crying wolf to won’t belive or even want their presents,FREENESS MUST STOP if it is abused so back to SMOKEHERRING WE LUCIANS LIKE THE SMELL ON FIRE,now dry your weeping eyes crocodiles,ENGLAND want visa next and lucians go get PONG not euro

    • Botox says:

      One love:
      What happen, you don’t do your income taxes every year? Go ask your Canadian tax accountant, you will see that this is no propaganda. I get the impression that you live in St. Lucia maybe, so you would not have a clue as to the Canadian money pit system.

    • OMG says:

      May I recommend putting on your reading glasses and read the Canadian Government Federal Income Tax Form and Guide….

      • Botox says:

        Right, tell that to all my friends who disclosed their holdings and are now screwed. I say what’s mine is mine and whats theirs is theirs.

  14. Botox says:

    Everything in Canada is based on money. The cost of processing a deportee for a year in Canada is over $100,000.00 Now I am not sure how the process works now, but I will tell you this, When a St. Lucian receives Canadian citizenship status, the Government of Canada wants to know about all your properties that you own in St. Lucia, but when a Canadian becomes an Lucian that subject never comes up about properties owned in Canada. Canada is super addicted to money, including the Visa money. Oh by the way I can see most Visas being denied but your money will be welcomed.

    • PETE says:

      Bull, I am a St. Lucian with a Canadian Passport, no such question was asked when I applied. So don’t give faults info.

    • Luciantodbone says:

      Botox – your statement is incorrect. I am a st.Lucian with Canadian Citizenship and the Canadian Government never asked me this.

      • Botox says:

        That’s because you don’t look like you have any land maybe, I don’t know, in any case don’t tell them about your properties.

  15. maya says:

    When has a Black man ever overturned a decision by a White man? Does Kenny not know he is Black?

    • the decider says:

      It’s better to ask, when has the blackman ever followed the rules of the law!!
      crooks thieves &
      rapists always cry’in for a handout and claiming, “woe is me”
      get educated and come to my country as a usefull humanbeing, not freeloading trash.

  16. King junior Stewart says:

    Good luck with that letter Kenny but you know well that the fat lady already sing on this one. If you insist, my I suggest you bring two bottles of Chirman’s with you to U.N. General Assembly and in between time you and Mr Harper hold a vibes on the rocks. I think you get more promises out of people when they tight. So how is only Guyanees jamaicans and nigerians alone buying Lucian Passport ? GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!! They are never intrested in how the Syrians get theres or how Chinese get work permits (Choops)THEY FULL OF IT. Everything is for sale as long as the price is right. In God we trust.

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