Palestinian man Canada deported is welcomed as Belgian citizen
Jim Bronskill And Sue Bailey, Canadian Press, 15 December 2009
BRUSSELS, Belgium - A Palestinian man turfed from Canada as a national security risk has become a citizen of Belgium - one of Ottawa's steadfast European allies, The Canadian Press has learned.
It's the latest twist in the strange, often painful saga of Wahid Baroud. He was shipped off to Sudan 14 years ago this month under a national security certificate.
Along the way he lost a job, a son and his respect for Canada before gaining a country to call home after decades as a stateless wanderer.
"Canada is the reason for destroying my family, really," Baroud, 59, said during an interview in Brussels, the first time he has publicly told his story since being deported.
The security certificate, an immigration law process for removing suspected terrorists and spies, is buckling under the weight of successful court challenges and human-rights criticism.
Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan says the government is reviewing the certificate system after conceding it needs an overhaul.