Proposed Omnibus Law: Making Strippers Safer, Indifferent to Government Corruption
By Author: Admin | November 22, 2011
The current Canadian government has tabled an omnibus crime bill which combines various previous legislative initiatives, called the “Safe Streets and Communities Act”. The folksy specificity in the name has been the subject of comment. For example, the current title of this bill seems to exclude other aspects of Canada’s geography such as non-streeted communities, the floating ones or the blissful communities of the Meadow People. In other words, mentioning the streets and communities of Canada seems to exclude the applicability of this bill from other places within Canada.
One proposed measure would be to help identify, for example, those who may be vulnerable to humiliating and degrading treatment, including sexual exploitation. These could include exotic dancers or low-skilled labourers. The average Canadian probably has no idea that Canada’s immigration department has had a provision for exotic dancers to enter Canada temporarily to ply their trade.
It will prove difficult to determine if a person seeking a work permit for Canadian employment as an exotic dancer is being exploited. Methods may include ‘site visits’ by the Canada Border Service Agency. A site visit often consists of a CBSA officer being dispatched to visit the residence or workplace of a person seeking a visa to Canada. Some CBSA officers barge into a private residence, or enter the work premises unannounced, without notice. CBSA officers often travel to the person’s country of origin and thus effectively carry out police duties , such as investigation in a foreign country, sometimes with the knowledge of the local authorities, sometimes not. This would require diverting more resources to the CBSA, and less to Canada’s immigration programs, hence further delaying visa applications one two grounds: higher scrutiny of visa applicants (which takes time), and less money for hiring visa officers.
I have seen a few site reports of CBSA officers over the years, and I can imagine a site report from a CBSA officer investigating an application for an exotic dancer to enter Canada: “CBSA investigator visited address of subject seeking work permit as exotic dancer. Investigator entered premises of subject with her permission. Many pieces of lingerie laid out on dining room table. Surly looking male with snake-tattoo on face, wearing numerous pieces of jewelry was seen watching Looney Toones on television, in living room. Investigator asked said male if he was employed. Male told this investigator to ‘get lost’, and threatened this investigator by telephoning his ‘posse’. Conclusion: subject is being exploited by a male, recommend refusal of work permit.”
There is of course nothing wrong with ensuring that Canada’s immigration laws are not an instrument for the exploitation of foreign workers. But one may wonder if the very existence of a program that allows foreign (and mostly) women to work in Canada as exotic dancers is inherently exploitative on some level, notwithstanding the consent of such women.
There are other problems with Canada’s immigration system which contain Bureaucrats Behaving Badly. One such issue relates to the allegation that would-be immigrant investors gave senior Prince Edward Island bureaucrats cash-stuffed envelopes to have their applications approved for immigration to that province. Similarly, applicants for Canadian visas complained to the Turkish police that they had to pay $30,000 to $60,000 in “bribes to ensure guaranteed delivery” of their visas issued by the Canadian visa office in Ankara. It would be nice for the Canadian government to at least cooperate in the investigation of the latter incident rather than obstruct the Turkish government’s attempts at doing so. Allegations like these fuel further rumours from potential clients who insist that I get in contact with ‘the high up people’ in Canada’s immigration bureaucracy to facilitate their visa to Canada.
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