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An open letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney speaks with the media following party caucus meetings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday May 9, 2012.

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The following is the full text of the letter sent by more than 80 immigration specialists who challenge Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's insistence he had no role in granting former media baron Conrad Black a permit to live in Canada before he had finished his U.S. jail sentence

Dear Mr. Kenney

We, the undersigned, all members of the Ontario Bar, agree with the statement of Guidy Mamann when he asserted that it was not credible that the decision taken in relation to the Conrad Black Temporary Resident Permit was made without any input from yourself. Given the high degree of control which you exercise over your department, we do not believe that you did not give your consent, either express or tacit, in relation to the request.

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The use by an official of your office, of the Law Society of Upper Canada complaint process, in order to try to silence a critic for his opinion was rightly rejected by the Law Society.  However, if you believe that our statement violates the Law Society of Upper Canada Rules please feel free to report us to the Law Society.


We find the attempt by you and your officials to muzzle freedom of expression to be reprehensible. We will not succumb.

Yours truly,

LORNE WALDMAN

BARBARA JACKMAN

NASEEM MITHOOWANI

CLIFFORD LUYT

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DANIEL RADIN

AADIL MANGALJI

M CHOUDHURY

MEERA BUDOVITCH

CLARISA WALDMAN

CLARE CRUMMEY

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JACQUELINE SWAISLAND

TARA MCELROY

KRASSINA KOSTADINOV

ROGER RODRIGUES

AURINA CHATTERJI

LANI GOZLAN

AVIVA BASMAN

JENNIFER ROGGEMANN

ALTAF PATEL

CAITLIN MAXWELL

JACK MARTIN

AISLING BONDY

ROBERT W YOUNG

KUMAR SRISKANDA

CATHERINE BRUCE

JOHN ABRAMS

JOEL SANDALUK

HOWARD P EISENBERG

LESLIE MORLEY

MARY BOYCE

JONATHAN FEDDER

LINA ANANI

LUXMI VASAN

OMAR SHABBIR KHAN

ROGER RODRIGUES

DANIEL RADIN

MONIKA CHOUDHURY

MEERA BUDOVITCH

AURINA CHATTERJI

ANTHONY NAVANEELAN

MORDECAI WASSERMAN

MEHRAN YOUSSEFI

LEE TENENHOUSE

PETER IVANYI

JARED WILL

GERALDINE MACDONALD

SHARRYN J AIKEN

EUGENIA CAPPELLARO ZAVALETA

TONI SCHWEITZER

MICHAEL CRANE

KRISTIN MARSHALL

LESLIE M ANDERSON

RODNEY WOLFE

DAVID YERZY

PRASANNA BALASUNDARAM

JOAN C MANAFA

JOEL HECTER

JAMES GILDINER

SARA ABRAHAM

ARGHAVA GERAMI

JAKI FREEMAN

JONATHON W JURMAIN

JOHN STRUTHERS

AARON B NARNETT

JENNIFER POLLOCK

PREEVANDA KAUK SAPRU

PAMILA BHARDWAJ

TIMOTHY LEACH

MEGHAN WILSON

SAYRAN SULEVANI

RAOUL BOULAKIA

CAROL DAHAN

JOHN W PETRYKANYN

PATRCIA CULLEN

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