Garrison Update On Surjit Bhandal Deportation Case.

For Immediate Release

January 10, 2013

Update On Surjit Bhandal Deportation Case

Victoria – Randall Garrison, MP (Esquimalt Juan de Fuca) provided an update on the status of the Surjit Bhandal case today.  Ms Bhandal, the frail 83 year-old woman who had applied to stay with her family in Langford, attended a pre-removal conference today.  At that conference the Officer formally announced that Ms. Bhandal’s application for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds had been denied.   In light of that denial, the Enforcement Officer also announced that a Removal Order is now in effect

 "Although I am disappointed Minister Kenney did not intervene on Ms Bhandal’s behalf, the conclusion of this pre-removal hearing will allow her family to seek other remedies.”  Garrison said.  “The family will now pursue all other legal options to avoid seeing Ms. Bhandal sent to India where she has no family or community support available to her.  The Bhandal family lawyer has applied for a judicial review of this decision and will request a delay of deportation proceedings.”

“Our community has expressed its overwhelming support for keeping the Bhandal family together, both in public statements from religious leaders and immigrant and refugee organizations and in actions by individuals.  In particular I wish to thank all the people who have written letters to the Minister of Immigration opposing this deportation. Over 5000 letters have been sent to Minister Kenney urging compassion for Ms Bhandal,”  Garrison continued.

 Today's hearing outlined the next steps in this case.  Citizenship and  Immigration Canada has now forwarded this file to the Canadian Border Services Agency which is responsible for the actual deportation process.  "I remain hopeful that we can convince the government that deporting Surjit Bhandal would not only be an error in law and an injustice, but that it would also fail to reflect the reality of the diversity of families in Canada," Garrison concluded.