It appears that there might be good news finally for Abdihakim Mohamed who has been stranded, by our government's actions, for 3 years!
Canadian man who has been stranded in Kenya for three years after a dispute over the legitimacy of his passport photo may finally return to Canada in coming weeks, the man's lawyer said Thursday.
Abdihakim Mohamed, a 25-year-old Ottawa man who has autism, has been stuck in Kenya since a 2006 attempt to renew his passport was halted by Canadian officials who claimed his ears looked different in a new passport photo, said his Ottawa-based lawyer Jean Lash.
His ears? Seriously? Mohamud was held back because her lips looked different and now someone is basing this case on his ears? Besides the absolute subjective absurdity of this being a valid method to grant someone travel permission, are we really relying on non scientific methods to determine who people are? I know the Conservatives aren't science fans, but really?
While this is good news, do not kid yourself. It's difficult to believe that this case would have been resolved so quickly had the Mohamud case not come to the fore. This is classic 'clean up' folks, but it's unlikely to work....in that, this is too public now for the government to cover up.
They are going to try of course, as they illustrated the other day, but alas, they seem to forget that they do not control the facts.
As for all of this being forgotten? I'm afraid that's not going to happen either.
A Toronto woman who was stranded in Kenya over false claims she was an impostor is suing the federal government for $2.5 million.
Between fighting against Canadian's rights in court and defending themselves for same, you have to wonder how much the Harper government has cost the country.
We have a sense of what it is doing to our reputation, with various stories appearing:
Norwegian Ambassador Tor Berntin Naess:
"[The past four years in Ottawa] leaves me with an impression that Canada has changed," Mr. Naess says. "Canada is not the same as it used to be. I feel, personally, that politically it was [once] closer to Norway['s] thinking than it is today. I dare say that we feel Canada...used to be [a] more like-minded country to Norway....
As to what it has cost us in dollars and cents? Don't hold your breath for an answer on that one.
h/t - to Impolitical for that last quote.