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Do You Want To Emigrate To Canada? You Should Read This First!

August 9, 2008

I am absolutely shocked, and deeply upset, to read about the case of seven-year old Lucy Chapman.   

The Chapman family planned to start a new life in Nova Scotia, Canada. The local authorities had approved their arrival. However, after a six hour flight, a border guard informed them that because Lucy has a rare genetic disorder that leaves her unable to speak and with learning difficulties, she would never be allowed into the country.

Mr Chapman says he was told by the border guard that because she was disabled she had a lifetime ban.

Canadian authorities have tried to deny this blatant discrimination by suggesting that the Chapmans may have simply lacked work permits. Personally, I don’t believe this for a second. 

The family believed they had the necessary paperwork in place, down to the clearance required for their black labrador, Harvey.

Mrs Chapman says:  My dog was allowed to stay. My dog has a higher status than my daughter in Canada, just because she is disabled.

The family have employed a Canadian lawyer to fight their case and have vowed not to give up.

I find it shocking that any Western country could have a blanket ban on disabled immigrants in the 21st century, as late as 2005, when the Chapmans first started planning their move. Obviously Canada doesn’t have a Disability Discrimination Act. Being DisAbled, I, for one, am very glad that I don’t live in a country where the authorities have such an outdated attitude. I only wish someone could tell them to get their attitudes to DisAbility out of the 1500s.

Of course, I wish the Chapmans success in their appeal.

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