Widow’s Denial Called A Travesty

Windsor-Tecumseh MP Joe Comartin speaks to a crowd at Callivino Hall in Windsor, March 28, 2014.

Windsor-Tecumseh MP Joe Comartin plans to fire off an angry letter to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister over the way his office treated the widow of a Herb Gray Pkwy worker.

Guiseppe Serra was buried Monday following an industrial accident at a parkway construction site last week, but Zhaneta Nikolovska was denied entry into Canada. She lives in Macedonia. Comartin calls the denial of a visa a travesty and says given the circumstances, is “almost unheard of.”

Serra had sponsored his wife for citizenship around the time they wed late last year, but she was denied over concerns the union was a marriage of convenience. Comartin says he can find proof the marriage was legitimate but says staff in Chris Alexander’s office won’t budge, and he doesn’t know why.

“Just the total lack of openness and co-operation from the minister’s office. It was confrontational almost from the beginning,” he says. “The unwillingness, for instance, to process the application during the weekend even though we’ve had that done any number of other times on other files we’ve handled through this office.”

BlackburnNews.com has a call out to Minister Alexander’s constituency office in Ajax.

Comartin says it’s important to continue to press the matter, not only because he hopes it never happens to another grieving family, but because he’s applied for an extended visitor’s visa so Nicolovska can administer her husband’s estate.