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FIRST READING: Trudeau government intervenes at last minute to save serial blockader from deportation – Vancouver Sun

Apr 23, 2024

A Pakistani national, Zain Haq has been at the centre of activist blockades of bridges, ferry terminals, highways and even the Vancouver airport

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For years, every time a port, highway, work site or rail line was blockaded by B.C. activists, there was a good chance Zain Haq was not too far away.

A Pakistani national who first came to Canada in 2019 on a study permit, he’s been arrested at least 10 times, convicted of mischief charges, and has been pretty open about his role in leading a foreign-funded “rebellion” against the Canadian government.

And now, after a years-long effort by the Canada Border Services Agency to secure Haq’s deportation, the 23-year-old’s removal was stayed at the 11th hour, potentially due to the intervention of the Trudeau government.

Read More: https://vancouversun.com/opinion/first-reading-trudeau-government-intervenes-at-last-minute-to-save-serial-blockader-from-deportation/wcm/76d91cd4-c319-4b63-a0fb-0506baee6834

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