More than 80 lawyers have signed an open letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney challenging his insistence he played no role in granting Conrad Black a permit to live in this country even before the U.K. citizen had finished his jail time in Florida.
The lawyers, all immigration specialists, say they believe Mr. Kenney must have had some part in the controversial decision to grant a temporary resident permit to Mr. Black, who renounced his Canadian citizenship in pursuit of a British peerage and had served time in a Florida jail for fraud and obstruction of justice.
They are also daring the Harper government minister to haul them before the Law Society of Upper Canada for saying so.
The lawyers banded together in defence of Toronto colleague Guidy Mamann, whom Mr. Kenney’s office tried to have censured after he told journalists that he found it improbable that such a major decision was made without the minister’s input.
Conrad Black has got to be one of the worst people in the world. The fact that he renounced his Canadian citizenship so he could be a Lord in the UK is disgusting enough, but now he's coming back to Canada after serving time in the US? Fuck him. His sense of superiority and entitlement makes me want to scream and throw things.