THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA
June 20, 2002
The Hon. Denis Coderre, P.C., M.P.,
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration,
Jean Edmonds Building, South Tower, 21st floor,
365 Laurier West,
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1
Dear Mr. Coderre,
Federated members of the National Council of Women of Canada in Edmonton have become extremely concerned about the deportation order for Kateryna Geleta and her daughter, questioning the basis for the decision.
To quote from their e-mailed communication, “We can not understand why this woman and child are being ordered out of Canada. The child is a Canadian citizen, the daughter of a Canadian citizen. The women, was legally married to a Canadian citizen who knew her for nine years. The two adults developed their relationship over a number of years through letters, phone calls, and numerous visits by Mr. Geleta. Therefore we respectfully request that you allow Kateryna Geleta and her daughter, Solomiya, to stay in Canada.”
NCWC members believe that the only grounds on which Kateryna Geleta’s application for permanent resident status was refused is that her relationship with the late Mr. Geleta, the father of her daughter, was “not legitimate”. In as much as common-law relationships are given legal recognition in Canada, NCWC members wonder on what basis the relationship between the parents can be called “not legitimate”. Further, the members wonder what threat to Canada is posed by the presence of this woman and her child.
NCWC members were pleased to learn that you had acted to permit Ms. Geleta to remain in Canada for a year, but they hope that on further examination of this case, it will be possible to grant her permanent residence.
National Council of Women of Canada, a federation of organizations and individuals, is a member of the International Council of Women, holds Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations, and is a participating member of the Organization of American States (OAS/CIM).