Saturday, June 18, 2005

One Too Many Refugees in Vancouver?

After a seven-year fight to remain in Canada, Renee Boje has finally been ordered to return to the United States. The Vancouver resident had claimed refugee status because she feared she would suffer "cruel and unusual punishment" at the hands of U.S. authorities who charged her with a drug offence eight years ago.

A refugee is generally considered to be a person who is afraid to return to his or her country for fear of persecution. A California police officer who charges a grow-op suspect is simply upholding he law – not persecuting someone. The same goes in Canada.

Whether a law is fair or not cannot be determined by an individual. If Renee Boje insists on growing pot, she should move to a place where marijuana cultivation s legal. Otherwise, she should be prepared to do time. That seems like such a simple concept. I wonder why it took seven years to figure it out. Even now, Renee Boje is still in Vancouver. Hmm, could there be something wrong with the Canadian immigration system?

TODAY'S VANCOUVER HEADLINES

GREWAL CLEARED IN AIRPORT PACKAGE AFFAIR
B.C. Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal has been cleared of wrongdoing in two investigations launched after he tried to get Ottawa-bound passengers at the Vancouver airport to carry a package for him.

NEW B.C. CABINET NAMED
Premier Campbell has unveiled his new cabinet in Victoria, with half his 46-member Liberal caucus receiving cabinet posts.