Nova Scotia town fights British immigrant family deportation

Published:  6 Sep at 6 PM
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Residents in the Nova Scotia town of Bass River are fighting against a deportation order served on a popular British family whose dream is to become Canadian citizens.

Sean and Becky Platneur and their daughter emigrated to Canada four years ago under immigration’s provincial nominee programme, but are still attempting to complete the federal component. As the process still has a while to run, they applied to stay on a temporary visa in order to allow their daughter to finish high school.

This week, their application was turned down and they were told to leave immediately. Software engineer Sean came to the province under a work permit, but the job wasn’t suitable, and he’s now an IT consultant in Europe, working to support his wife and daughter until their residency process could be completed.

He planned to return as soon as possible and start his own company, but the family’s dreams are now shattered. The small town of Bass River is up in arms as they consider the family as valued members of their community.

According to family friend and local councilor Tom Taggert, the town struggles to attract newcomers and keep them in the community, and now the government is forcing the loss of three residents who’ve committed themselves to the town. Taggert adds that it’s a tragedy.

The couple are members of the local fire service and help out at community events, and their daughter is a valued member of the 4-H club. Friend Martha Brown is devastated, saying that the Platneurs have given so much to the town and are now being forced to leave by some bureaucrat somewhere.

The family are due to meet with their local MP to figure out what to do next, and the whole town is behind them in their fight to stay. Many believe the decision makes nonsense of the entire immigration programme.
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