Immigration and Refugee Board Adjucator David McBean Must Go

David McBean, an adjudicator with the Immigration and Refugee Board, has been rehired by Harper after rejecting all 169 cases he adjudicated since '07.

by: Obert Madondo  | Mar 11, 2011:

Obert Madondo, Editor, The Canadian Progressive
Obert Madondo, Editor, The Canadian Progressive

How disappointing!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has reappointed Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator, David McBean, to another five-year term. He rejected all 169 cases he adjudicated since 2007.

McBean does not represent Canadian values of compassion, human right and respect for human dignity. His record automatically strikes terror in the heart of any would-be refugee. I’m speaking from personal experience.

I arrived in Canada as a political refugee from Zimbabwe in August, 2003. Although the IRB expedited my case, the weeks leading to my hearing were tortuous. I dreaded the possibility losing my meritorious case and returning to the waiting jaws of Robert Mugabe, the genocidal dictator of Zimbabwe. Within three months, the IRB had accepted my refugee application. Canada restored my stolen dignity and gave me a fresh start in life.

Read more about my life on these memoir writings on The Canadian Progressive blog.

McBean’s motives in rejecting 169 different personal stories of potential persecution and even death should even be subject of speculation. Surely, it’s a remarkable coincidence that all lacked credibility.

McBean is anti-immigrant. He is the very antithesis of Canada’s compassion-based refugee determinant system.Most importantly, his record shamed the principles of the 1951 Refugee Convention of the United Nations Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The convention legally defines “who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states.”

McBean is the quintessential “ugly Canadian“.

The government should preserve the integrity of our incomparable refugee determinant system and revoke McBean’s reappointment.

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based blogger, activist, photographer, digital rights enthusiast, former political aide, and former international development administrator. Obert is the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive and The Zimbabwean Progressive, both of which are independent political blogs dedicated to producing fearless, progressive, adversarial, unapologetic, and activism-oriented journalism situated right at the intersection of politics, technology and human rights. Follow Obert on Twitter: @Obiemad
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One comment

  1. my personal belief: what else would you really expect from a Harper lackey…

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