The background of any government official that cannot be verified should not be allowed to hold office.
Once upon a time
The girl who fled Afghanistan by donkey and camel and jet plane and who remembers being greeted in this country by helping hands and the sound of robins singing, and today, she serves in this chamber and in the cabinet because Canada is her home. Obama speech to house of commons
MP Maryam Monsef story is a fairy tale – a lie.
Robert Fife of the Globe and Mail inquired about her early life and found shocking lies. Monsef was in fact born in the Iranian city of Mashahd and not in Herat, Afghanistan. She was born and lived until age 9 in Iran.
Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef, whom the Liberals have championed as this country’s first Afghan-born MP, says she was actually born and lived most of her early life in Iran before arriving with her mother and two younger sisters in Canada as refugees.
This revelation contradicts a key narrative that Ms. Monsef has built ever since she entered public life as a local politician in Peterborough, Ont., and when she ran for Parliament in the 2015 election. theglobeandmail
The Prime Minister’s office learned about this from the newspaper nearly a year after Monsef’s appointment.
The Prime Minister’s Office said it had no idea that such a fundamental feature of Ms. Monsef’s life story was wrong. Officials scrambled to put together a detailed timeline of her family’s life in Iran and Afghanistan and the journey to Canada.
When asked why security vetting for cabinet posts didn’t uncover this error, an official said “we learned of this information about Maryam Monsef’s place of birth when it was brought to us recently by the The Globe and Mail.” theglobeandmail