Early last week, after the heart-wrenching photo of three year old Alan Kurdi’s body lying on the shores of Turkey dominated headlines, Port Moody-Coquitlam NDP candidate Fin Donnelly told the media he hand delivered an appeal for Kurdi’s family to come to Canada directly to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.
Donnelly explained Alexander said he would look into it, and says the application was declined in June.
However, it later came out that the application was actually made for Alan’s uncle, not Alan’s immediate family.
Speaking to Drex, on Drex Live earlier tonight, Donnelly would not admit he made a mistake when speaking to the public.
“I’ve always been totally upfront about the facts of this case, and the Minister has acknowledged this.”
When Drex asked if Donnelly was ready to apologize for the misinformation, which basically put the blame of Alan, his brother, and his mother’s death on the Canadian government, Donnelly replied with “no”, and once again dodged the question.
Drex: “When you were working with Tima [Alan’s aunt] to craft that letter, you would have known that letter was about the other brother and not the brother with the two young sons, you would have know this because you would have known she was not financially able to finance anyone else except for the single brother.”
Donnelly: “That’s right, it was always Tima’s focus to get both families to Canada, and it was an absolutely gut wrenching decision that she had to choose, she chose Mohamed first.”
When Drex asked Donnelly why he wasn’t more clear when he announced he tried to bring Alan’s family over, he once again had no direct answer.
Drex: “You really did give the impression to many people, including me, that you had actually helped this particular family with these particular children.”
Donnelly: “I have been very clear from the beginning I had worked to bring both families to Canada…”
Drex: “Mr. Donnelly you did not work to bring two, you crafted a letter to bring one family member and a mention of the other family, so that is actually not true. You didn’t do anything.”
Donnelly: “Yeah, I brought the letter to the Minister that had both families in the letter, on the cover letter it was about Mohamed’s application and in the appendix was mentioned the story of Abdullah [Alan’s father] and his family.”
Drex: “But you gave the impression you had helped that particular family get paperwork into the government and handed to the minister yourself, that’s the impression you gave last week to the media.”
Donnelly: “I have always been clear…..”
Donnelly continued to explain he has always been upfront with the public, and would not admit that he misspoke last week.
Hear the entire interview on Drex Live: