Governments everywhere are loathe to admit their mistakes but sometimes the recalcitrance reaches head-shaking levels of pettiness.
That's the case with the Benhmuda family, who were deported to Libya five years ago, where husband Adel Benhmuda was quickly arrested and tortured. After finally winning in court the right to return to Canada, the impoverished family was slapped with a $6,800 bill to cover Ottawa's costs for the original deportation.
Ottawa finally did the right thing this week and waived the fee, opening the way for the Benhmudas, including two Canadian-born sons, to return to Toronto.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander made the decision on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, spokesman Kevin Menard told CBC News via email.
“In this extraordinary case, the [Citizenship and Immigration Canada] fee has been waived,” Menard said.
It has been a long, hard journey for the Benhmuda family, who fled Libya in 2000 and came to Canada as refugees. Adel BenhmudaRead More »from Family deported to Libya will not have to pay removal fees after father tortured