Jenny Kwan ( NDP – BC )

( Jenny Kwan and her office haven’t help too much. There is a lot to explain to show to others what this petition is about )

 

Hi Glenn

 

I notice today the new banner on E -1591 petition. I just want to make very clear my opinion on this matter and it is that you as a private citizen and Jenny as a private citizen both have private emails you don’t need to use your government email to endorse my petition so it’s clear to me that I don’t have the signature of Jenny on this matter.

This is very important to me and should be very important to her and by extension to you. This petition doesn’t have any intentions to damage or immigration systems but to improve it for the benefits of people like me and many others

Jenny do not want to have anything to do with this from the beginning and it’s clear to me that she’s not going to endorse my petition now either.

dc

——– Original message ——–

From: Jenny.Kwan.A1@parl.gc.ca

Date: 2018-03-28 12:52 (GMT-08:00)

To: d.cobian@outlook.com

Subject: RE: Petition to Parliament

 

Mr. Cobain,

 

Thank you for bringing my attention to your petition. I will inform MP Kwan of it.

 

Regarding my signature, the e-petition system is set up such that email addresses from the government of Canada cannot be used to create, support or sign e-petitions, so I am unable to do so.

 

I do thank you for informing me about it though.

 

 

Glenn Burley

Adjoint parlementaire | Parliamentary Assistant
Bureau de Jenny Kwan | Office of Jenny Kwan

Porte-parole du NPD en matière d’Immigration, de Réfugiés et de Citoyenneté | NDP Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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From: Diego Cobian [mailto:d.cobian@outlook.com]
Sent: March 21, 2018 12:54 PM
To: Kwan, Jenny – Assistant 1
Subject: RE: Petition to Parliament

 

Good day Glenn   . I have a petition that I will like to put into your consideration.

Our families are been discriminated and not allow to visit us in Canada and we can stop that.

Counting with your signature.

 

https://online-petition.blog

 

Thanks

dc

 

 

7/15/2017

Hi Gabriel. Actually I am alone. Jenny declined to support my petition, so I need to explore other ways.

 

Could you please advise me if there is any mechanism, any person to ask, any literature to read, if I would like to collect signatures, contact immigration groups and bring my own motion to our parliament?

 

Any help on this subject will be appreciate it. I will stop at your office if I don’t get an answer in a week. We all are very busy.

 

thanks

 

dc

 

From: Diego Cobian [mailto:d.cobian@outlook.com]
Sent: June 22, 2017 14:49
To: Jenny.Kwan.C1A@parl.gc.ca
Subject: Re: Petition to Parliament

 

Thank you Gabriel

All that I need for now is your email and knowing that I am not alone.

I have in front of me a big wall that I don’t know how to climb. All that I know is that I have to climb it.

Is not possible for me to understand that Canada don’t allowed immigrants to meet their families and that has to change and I am counting with you and your office to change it

 

Let me know when I can proceed to create mine petition online

Thank you

 

 

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

 

 

——– Original message ——–

From: Jenny.Kwan.C1A@parl.gc.ca

Date: 2017-06-22 07:43 (GMT-08:00)

To: d.cobian@outlook.com

Cc: Jenny.Kwan.C3@parl.gc.ca, Jenny.Kwan.C1@parl.gc.ca

Subject: Re:  Petition to Parliament

 

Hi Diego,

Since your visit, I’ve emailed our Ottawa staff twice but with Parliament adjourning, it’s super busy there. I’ve brought this to Jenny’s attention and I would expect her reply soon. Thus I don’t think you need to drop by our office.

I’m on holiday from today until next Tuesday but will check my email during that time.  I’ll get back to you once I got her reply.

Regards
Gabriel

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From: Diego Cobian <d.cobian@outlook.com>
Date: June 22, 2017 at 7:16:32 AM MDT
To: Kwan, Jenny – Riding 1A <Jenny.Kwan.C1A@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: FW: Petition to Parliament

Good Morning Gabriel. Since you don’t answer or acknowledge my emails I will have to stop at your office this week. This method of communication have proved not to be very efficient with our MPs.

Please notice that even when you are very busy, this subject is very important for me.

Thanks
dc

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6/26/17

Hi Glen.

 

Thanks for answering my email and for all your explanations.  I will refer on the rest of this email to Jenny, since it was to her that I sent my petition and her  decision is coming to me. Please notice that I am inviting to our conversation all those other NDP candidates, running at this time to rule the party, because what I am expecting from all of them is what I was expecting from my MP Mr. Kennedy first and what I was expecting from you now.

 

Immigration is the biggest problem that I have in this country. I am sure, as many others already have expressed their interest on signing this petition, is the same with so many others like me, Canadians with family and friends outside our borders. At the time of the refusal from our embassy in Habana to allow my relatives to visit me in BC for few weeks, I approached Kennedy’s office looking for help to bring to the attention of our parliament what I consider is an indignant and unfear attitude with witch our immigration system evaluate visitors from the 3er world, asking them to classify for impossible and unreasonable requirements to be able to travel to Canada, even when they have been invited by a Canadian with an impeccable record as a citizen as well as economically. At that time, instead of accepting Kennedy’s office help to resolve my personal problem, I decided to take this  long route to denounce this situation to our government, because is a solution from which we all can benefit.

 

As you can imagine this issue is the maximum importance to me and that is why your denial to give this petition o chance to be addressed in our parliament is problematic, because I was sure that I was doing the right thing taking this path. It is my opinion that your refusal is a step back on what this country and specially NDP represent in hopes and future of equality for too many of his new citizens. You was a perfect candidate to represent the petition for three primary reasons, because of what your NDP party stand for, because your position as a critic of the Liberal government for immigration and also because I assumed by your last name that you may find yourself identified more easily with this type of problems than Mr Kennedy did. Please Jenny, notice that the denial to poor people to visit this country even when they are our relatives, is a real issue that this petition was trying to bring to light and to open a discussion about. You explain in your email that you are working to improve the details from our embassies about the denials and that detail makes me believe that you may not understood the focus of the petition properly.  The reasons for the denials could be 6 or even 25 pages long with many details of why my relatives can’t visit Canada. I can tell you right now that the real reasons can fit in one simple paragraph if our embassy in Habana dare to be sincere.  It will basically say that my family is poor and our government is scare that they could became immigrants themselves. It will explain in the next sentenced that they have as a policy to avoid poor people entering the country and there are 3 main factors to decide who travels and who don’t. Money, race and country of origin. It may also say that the implications that their decision could have in the Canadian inviting is manageable and of the second importance, as you have make clear. My invitation letter and what it says doesn’t seem to make any difference on the decision and probably was simple ignored. I ask, Canada expect me to believe on her, but why Canada won’t believe on me as well?. Why our immigration office assume I am lying and not been sincere on my intentions? Shouldn’t our relationship been fear and reciprocal? Do I own anything to Canada that I don’t give every day by been a good and honest citizen?. How you justify Jenny your position if you simple shut my mouth and don’t give my more urgent problems a chance? Do you think it could be better in terms of finding a solution, for this petition to be represented by some other MP instead of you?. Won’t the solution, wherever it may be, affect us all the same or you are just trying to avoid a problematic situation?. Our embassy discriminate and classify our visitors in terms of race, country of origin and income, and I will assume that to certain level it is how it should be, but you may agree with me that it should not apply to Canadians trying to invite their relatives to meet at home.

 

My family is poor. As many other Cubans, they survive with $100.00 that I sent to them every month. They don’t have any traveling history to show to immigration, neither my sisters or my brother had ever been in an airplane nor they will have any resources to cover their visit to Canada. But that doesn’t make how much a miss them less painful. The petition in question explains that we could cover the traveling expensive of those that are visiting us by freezing some money for emergencies in the bank, for the extension of the visit of our relatives, for example. They are poor from a poor country that for not having, doesn’t even have a democracy,  but they are my family and I am a Canadian, unable to visit them or see them for over 17 years. We haven’t ever abused your immigration system, neither of us been convicted of any type of crime here or there, or damage Canada in any possible way. I, if any, am trying to improve Canada to be a better place for us all, and that is why your refusal just sent a strong message to our immigration system to be reassure is immune and unquestionable. Your decision just make things worse.

 

Our parliament and the NDP specifically as our most progressive party needs to be ready and up to our complicated problems, ready to heard and face the truth, to embrace the Canada that we all say are proud and part of,  because if not we will end with 2 countries, the country that live inside “CBC The National” every night at six in my TV, and the reality of the people that, at the other side of the same screen, seat in my Livingroom, feeling disconnected from their own government, relegate to simple vote for you and pay their taxes. We are not that type of country or at least for what depend on me, I will do what I can for the land of my kids not to became the convenience for few and the disdain for many. You are the second NDP MP that disregard my petition as not a priority and maybe even as problematic. I want you to know that the House of Commons has its name just because somehow we are all the same when referring to our democracy. I think our immigrants should be more unified and strong on claiming their rights and I should work towards that idea.

 

For you all others, competing for been the leader of an important political party  in this country, I want you to know that is not only the title, the fame and the salary what is involve with the job. Us, the ones at the other side of the screen are not only here to vote for you and pay your salary, we are expecting from you to be the voice and the solution of our problems, for complicated they could be.

 

We really want to be the Canada that we say we already are.

 

 

Looking for an MP that consider supporting my petition ( you can read it at the end of this message ).

 

Hope you had read my email until here.

Sorry for my English, is not my first language.

 

Diego Cobian

6/26/17 Burnaby, BC.

 

 

 

From: Jenny.Kwan.A1@parl.gc.ca [mailto:Jenny.Kwan.A1@parl.gc.ca]
Sent: June 26, 2017 10:24
To: d.cobian@outlook.com
Subject: Petition to Parliament

 

Mr. Cobain,

 

I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. Our office and MP Kwan understand how important this issue is to you, and we were trying to do our due diligence regarding your proposed petition; giving it the attention and thought it deserves. The frequency of visitor visa refusals for individuals from developing nations with little to no information provided as to why it was refused or how the application could be amended to be accepted is troubling, and MP Kwan has been vocal on this. MP riding offices across the country unfortunately must deal with far too many disappointed constituents that because of vague rationale and high costs of reapplying, they are unable to bring their loved ones to Canada, even for a short visit. It’s not fair.

 

Recently, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration conducted a study on modernizing client service delivery at IRCC. One of the issues that many witnesses appearing  before the Committee discussed was the lack of information provided for rejections. This does not need to be the case. The Committee heard from Australia’s Chief Migration Officer who explained that when Australia rejects a visitor visa application, the decision record provided to the applicant averages five to six pages. In this report, significant detail is provided for the basis of the decision and how it wasn’t satisfied that the individual was a genuine temporary visitor. There is no reason the Canadian system cannot provide more detailed information to ensure that should people decide to reapply, they have the knowledge needed to adequately satisfy the deficiencies in their original application. Coming out of that study, the Committee recommended that IRCC provide more information and details to clients on the reasons for negative decisions. MP Kwan is hopeful that the government responds positively to this recommendation and follows through on it quickly.

 

Regarding your petition, MP Kwan understands and appreciates your suggestions at a possible solution, but is unable to sponsor your petition at this time. There are concerns around requiring individuals to swear they will not claim asylum, and how that could impact Canada’s obligations under international, humanitarian, and refugee law.

 

MP Kwan will continue to be vocal and push the government to not only provide better services to individuals accessing IRCC, but also to end over generalizations and assumptions around individuals applying for visitor visas from developing nations attempting to somehow game the system.

 

Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

 

With thanks,

 

Glenn Burley

Adjoint parlementaire | Parliamentary Assistant
Bureau de Jenny Kwan | Office of Jenny Kwan

Porte-parole du NPD en matière d’Immigration, de Réfugiés et de Citoyenneté | NDP Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Nouveau Parti démocratique | New Democratic Party

(TEL) 613-992-6030 | (CELL) 613-286-5117

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—-Original Message—–
From: d.cobian@outlook.com
Sent: June 20, 2017 07:26
To: ‘jenny.Kwan.c1a@parl.gc.ca’
Subject: FW: Petition to Parliament

Good Morning Gabriel, I am wondering if you have received my email and If you have any date to expect an answer.

Thanks
dc

—–Original Message—–
From: Diego Cobian
Sent: June 12, 2017 18:27
To: jenny.Kwan.c1a@parl.gc.ca
Subject: FW: Petition to Parliament

Hi Gabriel, following our conversation today, here is copy of my communication with Byron.

Please let me know when should I expect an answer so I can proceed to create my ePetition.

Thanks
dc
—–Original Message—–
From: Jenny.Kwan.A2@parl.gc.ca [mailto:Jenny.Kwan.A2@parl.gc.ca]
Sent: May 25, 2017 05:53
To: d.cobian@outlook.com
Subject: RE: Petition to Parliament

Dear Diego,

Thank you for your email and more detailed information about the petition. I am forwarding your email to Ms. Kwan and her assistant Glenn, either of whom should be in touch with you shortly.

Byron Taylor-Conboy
Member’s Assistant
Office of Jenny Kwan
Member of Parliament for Vancouver East
NDP Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship NDP Critic for Multiculturalism

—–Original Message—–
From: Diego Cobian [mailto:d.cobian@outlook.com]
Sent: May 23, 2017 9:33 AM
To: Kwan, Jenny – Assistant 2
Subject: RE: Petition to Parliament

(1) Regarding TRV (temporary resident visas) only, correct? (vs. family sponsorship, etc)
Yes, this petition is only related to visitors to Canada to meet with relatives.

(2) Which countries in particular?
All countries. This petition is not intended to any particular case but all cases, that is the reason why I have so many people interested on sign it. Please notice that I will promote this petition from my own web site in order to collect signatures in the whole country. What Canada is doing is not fear with us, a violation of our rights as citizens to see our family. If is true that I love Canada and appreciate what you guys had done for me, in particular, I have done nothing for you to believe that I my invitation letter is false or have other intentions. We have a parliament that is call The House of Commons, so lets be equals in our decisions, in order to honor its name.

The exact wording of the petition is as is now ( see Here is a draft of my petition ) . I have read the info on the website before, no all text of my petition will fit in it ( I don’t know why the limit on the text is so small but that is out of my hands ). The information in the petition itself won’t change and is not negotiable. Once supported by an MP and is ready to collect signatures, the text that the signer will received from my is as in this email.

Please notice that once the petition is available, I will send copy of it to all MPs, in order for them to know about it and support it, if they believe so, as well as many other organizations related to immigrants in this country. The text in those emails will be as in this email as well.

Thanks for your interest Byron.
We, the citizens of this country should never have any other choice but to fix that we found broken and to speak when we found injustice ( exactly the reason why I was spelled from Cuba, interesting ? ).

Hope you understand,
dc

—–Original Message—–
From: Jenny.Kwan.A2@parl.gc.ca [mailto:Jenny.Kwan.A2@parl.gc.ca]
Sent: May 17, 2017 08:29
To: d.cobian@outlook.com
Subject: RE: Petition to Parliament

Dear Diego,

Thank you for your message to Ms. Kwan seeking her support for your petition.

I can certainly understand your motivation. IRCC’s request that applicants show sufficient “pull factors” (helping guarantee they will not overstay their visit) can made it very difficult for applicants from some countries to visit Canada.

I would be pleased to relay a petition to Ms. Kwan for her review and consideration. However, to do so I first need to obtain from you the exact wording you propose. (For more information, I would encourage you to visit https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Home/Index as well as review the wording of other e-petitions). I would also like a bit more details and clarification concerning:

(1) Regarding TRV (temporary resident visas) only, correct? (vs. family sponsorship, etc)
(2) Which countries in particular?

Once I have received more information from you, as well as exact wording you would like to propose for the text of the petition, I will relay all of this to Ms. Kwan.

Thank you again for writing, Diego.

Byron Taylor-Conboy
Member’s Assistant
Office of Jenny Kwan
Member of Parliament for Vancouver East
NDP Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship NDP Critic for Multiculturalism

—–Original Message—–
From: Diego Cobian [mailto:d.cobian@outlook.com]
Sent: May 12, 2017 7:07 PM
To: Kwan, Jenny – M.P.
Subject: Petition to Parliament

Hi Jenny, My name is Diego Cobian, I am a resident of Burnaby, BC.

Jenny, I am looking for a Member of our Parliament that will support my petition, proposing a mechanism that could warrantee that our members or family and our friends will be able to visit us in Canada without our invitation been denied or our intentions been questioned.

In my particular case, I have been living in Canada since 2001 as a Political refugee from Cuba and I had not been able to visit home since. Last year my invitation extended to my sister to visit me in Canada was denied twice, and if the denial is painful, the reasons for it are even worst. It seems to me that we are evaluating visitors from poor countries, even if they are invited from members of their family resident in Canada, as delinquents that are trying to get advantage of our immigration’s benefits. My petition is trying to propose a solution or at least, to bring to the light a problem that is affecting many of us and is not only unfair but also discriminatory with a situation very close to our hearts.

If I can count on you, I will create my e-petition and find the necessary signatures once I have your official support.

Thanks Jenny, Please let me know.

Diego Cobian.