— by Sam Eskenasi
B’nai Brith Canada welcomes court filing of federal order in council stripping Helmut Oberlander of his citizenship. Oberlander has been accused of complicity in Nazi-era atrocities and found guilty by the courts of lying about his war-time past when he entered this country.
Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada:
“For decades we have been adamant that Canada must not allow itself to become a safe haven for those complicit in war crimes, whether during the Nazi-era or modern-day. Removal proceedings must be commenced as soon as possible so that Oberlander’s deportation from this country will follow this latest order to strip him of his Canadian citizenship. Such proceedings should not, must not, await any further challenge of the cabinet’s decision. There are a number of other long standing files that we hope the government will bring to closure in the interest of justice.”