Bhandal Wins Status On Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds



We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who participated in the campaign to keep Surjit in Canada with her family. We could not have done this without the overwhelming support that we received from the community, including our constituents and local organizations. Below you will find the latest press release. 

May 10, 2013

Bhandal wins status on humanitarian and compassionate grounds

Victoria – Randall Garrison, MP (Esquimalt Juan de Fuca) welcomed the decision by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada to allow Surjit Bhandal to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.  All that remains are some very routine procedural steps before Ms Bhandal is finally granted permanent resident status. 

"I was very happy to learn that Surjit Bhandal will be allowed to stay in Canada with her family," Garrison said.  "This represents not just a victory for the Bhandal family, but for all the many diverse families who make up Canada.  My only regret is that it took the Conservatives so long to come to the right conclusion.  In the meantime Bhandal family was put through much unnecessary stress and forced to run up large legal bills."

Garrison praised the local community who came together in support of the Bhandal family.  "I believe the active support from the faith community, immigration and refugee organizations, and more than 5,000 community members who sent letters to the Minister asking that Ms Bhandal be allowed to stay in Canada were all crucial in winning this appeal," Garrison said. "We all wish the Bhandal family well and congratulate them on the strength they have demonstrated as a family, something that should inspire us all," Garrison concluded.

Surjit Bhandal is the frail 83 year-old woman who had applied more than two years ago to stay with her family in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.  MP Randall Garrison had first approached the Minister of Immigration to ask for reconsideration in February of 2012 after her second application was rejected.  Garrison stood with the Bhandal family and Greater Victoria community leaders in December 2012 to launch the public and legal appeals that finally resulted in this decision. The Bhandal family now resides in Saanich.