Canadian citizenship rejected because of daughter’s health needs

This is an unbelievable story. A South African-born emergency physician was denied Canadian citizenship. The reason is stunning:

Dr. Stanley Muwanguzi is frustrated with being in limbo while Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials review his application, which was denied in June 2006 on the grounds his cerebral palsy-stricken daughter would constitute a burden on the health-care system.

He’s thinking about moving to the United States instead, as medical recruiters promised that his immigration papers would be fast-tracked:

Muwanguzi said medical recruiters in the U.S. have told him he would be fast-tracked to receive a green card within two years because that country is also in desperate need of physicians.

Puzzling move by a country that could use a few extra doctors to staff their emergency departments.

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