Lawrence worked for the United Nations in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province during the civil war which ended in the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers by the Sri Lankan majority Sinhalese government. In 2012, he left the country in hopes of protecting his family from any backlash for the work he did during that time.
‘Makes no sense’
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada would not comment on the family’s case but said, “a decision to remove someone from Canada is not taken lightly.” “Canada is committed to ensuring that people being removed from Canada are not sent to a country where they would be in danger or at risk of persecution,” spokesperson Scott Bardsley said. NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice said deporting the family which had integrated into Quebec society over the years “makes no sense.” Lawrence’s family includes his wife, three daughters, son and daughter-in-law and four-month-old baby.