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07-28-2017, 10:29 PM
July 28, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

The federal government is seeking to strip Yang Wang’s permanent resident status

A Toronto man has been accused of spying for both Taiwan and China by Ottawa, which is trying to strip him of his permanent residency in Canada.

Yang Wang, 39, came to Canada from China as an international student in 1998, first at Seneca College and later at York University, before he became a permanent resident here in 2006.

In 2014, the Canada Border Services Agency initiated the revocation of Wang’s permanent resident status claiming he was inadmissible for allegedly engaging in espionage activities for the Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB), Taiwan’s spy agency, and China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS).

According to border enforcement officials’ submissions to the immigration tribunal, Wang was offered money by a Taiwanese student “Mak” at York to provide information on the Chinese government. Over the course of time, he was alleged to have received $3,000 for his services.

When Wang visited China in 2006, Canadian authorities claimed, he was taken to a motel by Chinese agents and later kept in touch with the MSS agents up until 2010.

“This is totally wrong,” Wang, a small businessman in recycling and father of two, told the Star in an interview. “I have never been a spy. In my 19 years in Canada, I have always avoided to have anything to do with any community groups, associations or parties.”

In a decision to dismiss the federal government’s request to revoke Wang’s permanent resident status, tribunal adjudicator Harry Adamidis said committing an act of espionage did not automatically render Wang inadmissible.

“Espionage requires the gathering of information by spying, or by acting in a covert way. Information gathering that does not involve spying or covert means cannot constitute espionage,” Adamidis wrote in his decision.


07-28-2017, 10:29 PM
Jul. 28, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

A lawyer for a former Nazi death squad member says the Canadian government has once again stripped the 93-year-old man of his citizenship.

Ronald Poulton says it is the fourth time the government has taken the step against Helmut Oberlander, and the Waterloo, Ont., resident plans to challenge the decision.

Poulton says Oberlander has previously been able to have his citizenship restored three other times.

He says Oberlander is challenging the latest decision in Federal Court and says he expects to be successful again.

Oberlander, born in Ukraine, was a member of the Nazi death squad Ek 10a, which operated behind the German army’s front line in the Eastern occupied territories in the Second World War. It was part of a force responsible for killing more than two million people, mostly Jews.

Oberlander served as an interpreter for the squad from 1941 and 1943 and says he never participated in any killings.

The retired real-estate developer did not disclose his wartime experience when he applied to immigrate to Canada, nor did he disclose the information upon entering Canada in 1954 or when seeking citizenship six years later.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says the government is determined to deny safe haven in Canada to war criminals and people believed to have committed or been complicit in war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.

“We know the value of Canadian citizenship, and cannot allow anyone to defraud the system or diminish its integrity,” it said in a statement when asked about Oberlander’s case. “We don’t take citizenship revocation lightly, but it is necessary in cases of fraud and serious misrepresentation.”

It declined to comment further because the matter is before the courts.

Oberlander, who has been fighting federal attempts to revoke his citizenship since 1995, has said he was conscripted into duty with the Nazis when he was 17 years old and that the penalty for desertion was execution. He later served as an infantryman in the German army.

In July 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada said it would not hear the federal government’s appeal of a lower court’s decision that told the government to reconsider the case. The decision meant the matter of Oberlander’s citizenship was back in the federal cabinet’s hands.

Poulton said Oberlander received notification last month of the government’s decision to revoke his citizenship.

“(The government) has been wrong three times,” Poulton said. “The courts rapped their knuckles each time ... so we are confident we are going to be successful.”

He said the case will proceed to a hearing sometime in 2018.

Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, applauded the government’s most recent decision to revoke Oberlander’s citizenship.

Fogel said in a statement that Oberlander has “been exploiting our judicial process to avoid prosecution in Germany.”

“There is no statute of limitations for such heinous crimes, and the government deserves credit for its tireless efforts in this case,” Fogel said. “This latest development is an important milestone in bringing a measure of justice to his many victims and their families.”


07-28-2017, 10:29 PM
February 12, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

Controversy continues over a Liberal promise to repeal a Harper-era act that lets the government revoke the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of serious crimes

At least 236 people have been served notice of Canadian citizenship revocation since the Liberals came into federal office — a dramatic increase over previous years that is the result of Harper-era legislation, according to Canada’s immigration department.

Controversy still reigns over a Liberal election promise to repeal a measure that lets the government revoke the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of serious crimes. It was the headline policy contained in Bill C-24 or the “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act,” which took effect in May 2015.

But despite Liberal pledges that “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” since November 2015, an average of 17 people a month have received notice that their citizenships will be revoked for misrepresentation or fraud — and none of them has been allowed a court hearing. The numbers compare to 65 people in total between 2007 and 2014.

The Senate is planning to patch a hole in the Liberals’ update to immigration legislation, Bill C-6, to make sure people whose citizenship is revoked can argue their case in court. A Senate committee begins its study Wednesday.

Decisions are “more efficient” and “timely” since the Conservative government’s new laws took effect, according to spokeswoman Nancy Caron.

The way the system now works, after receiving revocation notices, people have 60 days to respond by “providing submissions or any additional information” to immigration, including “details of their personal circumstances or ties to Canada,” she said.

That’s not enough, according to advocates concerned that to deny independent court hearings is unconstitutional.

The Federal Court is granting stays of proceedings to people who join an existing legal challenge, but it denied an injunction from the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association that asked for a moratorium on revocation proceedings.

Josh Paterson, executive director of the association, told the National Post an assurance of due process should have been part of Bill C-6. “People readily grasp that when you take away someone’s citizenship, they ought to be entitled to a hearing if they want one.”

Paterson said he has been talking to senators about amendments. So has NDP MP Jenny Kwan, who tried amending the bill in a House of Commons committee but had her amendments ruled out of scope.

“It was frankly astounding to me that (the Liberal government) neglected to fix that critical part in the bill,” she said. “Virtually all of the witnesses came forward to say that we need to restore due process.”

The Senate sponsor of Bill C-6, independent senator Ratna Omidvar, confirmed there are plans to table such amendments in the Senate, likely at third reading.

“Everyone was open to an amendment,” she said in an interview, adding she’s “fairly positive” it will prove uncontroversial, since the argument for due process “would win over any ideological argument.”

Former immigration minister John McCallum had told senators in October he would “certainly welcome” the amendment, and told the Commons he believed “people should have a right to a proper appeal.” Bernie Derible, director of communications for new Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, said “it would not be appropriate” for the minister to comment while the Senate deliberates.

Saying the bill’s passage is long overdue, Omidvar predicted things could wrap up in March. But its passage through the Senate will come with controversy, especially as Tory senators are expected to assert their belief that citizenship should still be revoked from convicted criminals.

It’s a sentiment shared by many. More than half of Canadians — 53 per cent — would rather have kept Bill C-24 as-is, according to an Angus Reid Institute poll from March 2016, which questioned 1,492 people and had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

It was frankly astounding to me that (the Liberal government) neglected to fix that critical part in the bill.

In a speech to the chamber in December, Conservative Daniel Lang noted measures in Bill C-24 have already been used to revoke citizenship from several people — part of the “Toronto 18” — who were involved in Toronto terror plots in 2006.

“Dual national Canadian terrorists are not like every other Canadian, and they don’t deserve the same rights and privileges as every other citizen,” Lang argued. “Why do you think that perpetrating an act of terrorism is of less gravity than someone who commits a fraudulent act by signing a false affidavit?”

Explaining increases in citizenship revocation, Caron said immigration workers have been prioritizing “the most serious cases such as those involving serious criminality or organized fraud.” Examples include assuming a fraudulent identity, producing doctored documents to conceal criminality, or falsifying residence records.

Since November 2015, 14 people have had citizenship revoked for hiding crimes they committed while they were permanent residents of Canada, and another five had citizenship revoked for hiding crimes committed before they immigrated.

In the former case, if their citizenship is revoked, people revert back to being foreign nationals, while in the latter case, people revert back to being permanent residents.

Revocation doesn’t necessarily result in a deportation order, but depending on the situation, the Canada Border Services Agency sometimes takes “enforcement action such as removal,” according to papers submitted to parliament.

A document tabled in response to a question on the order paper says an additional 100 people, at least, had their citizenship applications rejected due to misrepresentation between November 2015 and November 2016.


07-28-2017, 10:46 PM
And what's-her-name is still a MP and cabinet minister....

07-28-2017, 11:17 PM
Wonder what Trudeau pays for spies? Maybe 2-3 million?

07-29-2017, 01:03 AM
And what's-her-name is still a MP and cabinet minister....

Maryam Monsef?

07-29-2017, 06:06 PM
But I thought "A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian"?!?!?!

07-29-2017, 06:51 PM
But I thought "A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian"?!?!?!

If Justin can sell us to China, why can't this guy?

I guess he didn't cut in the Liberal Party.

07-29-2017, 08:23 PM
This is bogus!

If he is spying for China, he can't be spying for Taiwan!
Either side will have him disappeared if he was double dipping for the competition.
:Bang head:

07-29-2017, 08:42 PM
My exact thoughts

But I thought "A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian"?!?!?!

07-29-2017, 09:39 PM
Terrorism is okay but espionage isn't? ....sigh