It’s a bombshell discovery on Parliament Hill.
The Globe and Mail has uncovered information proving Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef is not the first Afghan born member of Canadian Parliament after all.
And now it’s come to light that Monsef wasn’t even born in Afghanistan.
Mark Giunta reports.
“It turns out I was born a few hundred kilometres away from where I thought I was born.”
In Iran… instead of Afghanistan.
Peterborough-Kawartha M-P and Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef tells us she was shocked when she found out…
“It’s been a rather difficult week. My refugee story is more complicated than I had thought.”
Monsef says she recently found this out after The Globe and Mail made inquiries into where she was born.
“I didn’t take it seriously. I just laughed it off as I asked my mom to verify where I was born. But she said technically there is some truth to it.”
Monsef says her mother told her she was born in Iran because of safety concerns and the lack of health care in Afghanistan.
But when asked why, at age 31, she is just finding this out now…
“This is not a question we would ask. My sisters and I were very young. We would ask different questions, like why do bad things happen to us? and what happened to our dad?”
And some political experts say these new details do not change anything…
“This is a typical refugee story. There are many refugees around the world with similar backgrounds. There is no paperwork because of warfare. They don’t know where they were born or details of their childhood.”
Now the news is bringing up serious question about the vetting process for ministers in Ottawa…
Social Development Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk:
“Vetting process for me, they went through my sock drawer. It was pretty comprehensive.”
Monsef’s family is declining comment…
As for Monsef, it’s business as usual.
She’s continuing her electoral reform dialogue forums in Atlantic Canada.