Close your eyes for a moment, and put yourself in this situation.
You are a little six-year-old girl, and you have just fled to Canada from a country called Hungary where your mother (Timea) and father (Jozsef) have endured the beatings of their lives. Your mother with blood running from her ear as a result of the beating, frantically looked around for you. You were alive; only because your father, instead of fighting back, protected you with his body. He ended up with a broken thigh, but he saved your life. You were 15 months old at the time; too young to know what was happening.
Today, you are alive. Your name is Lulu and your are now six years old.
And what is life like for you in this strange land called Canada? You have been living in a 20-by-20 room in the basement of a church in Toronto for the past 29 months, unable to step outside the door to feel the warmth of the sunshine or to play with little girls your own age, for fear that your and your family will be deported by the federal government to Hungary from where you came, and where you and your parents will probably be killed if you are deported! Is this what Canadian freedom is all about? A family imprisoned in a 20-by-20 room, only because of the love and support of a caring community, and afraid to come out?
And what crime did your parents commit that caused them to be beaten to within an inch of their lives? They were beaten because they believed in freedom, and were strong advocates against human rights violations, as they tried to help make lives better for those suffering such persecution.
And who beat them? Balaclava-clad, bat-wielding Neo-Nazi thugs, with warped minds who don’t believe that people of your Jewish or Romanian background deserve to live.
And why are you not enjoying a life of freedom in this new country? Because when the time finally came for your immigration hearing, an incompetent, unethical and unscrupulous lawyer named Viktor Hohots failed to show up in court with the evidence needed to insure your acceptance in Canada. A disgrace to the profession!
After being reported to the Law Society of Upper Canada and after waiting two years, the society’s investigation revealed “evidence of professional misconduct by Mr. Hohots,” and discipline proceedings have been authorized. The investigation discovered Mr. Hohots had done this to 14 others as well.
I am asking for the assistance of as many people as I can, to see that Lulu and her family are given a fair trial, and am appealing to all, especially those in the Brandon-Souris area, to contact their Conservative member of Parliament. I want to see our MP, The Hon. Larry Maguire, take whatever steps are necessary to put pressure on the minister of immigration, the Hon. Chris Alexander, as well as all Mr. Maguire’s colleagues in the Harper government, to undertake an immediate review of Lulu and her family’s case and at least get a temporary residency permit for these deserving immigrants. These are not “terrorists” who have come here to kill others. These are persecuted individuals who fought for oppressed people — the kind of people we need and should welcome as new Canadians!
And how can you help Lulu? I ask for just one minute of your time. One minute — that is all. Please pick up the telephone and call Mr. Maguire’s constituency office in Brandon at 204-726-7600 and all you have to say is, “I want Mr. Maguire to help Lulu and her family!” That is it. I will do the rest. I will provide all the background information to Mr. Maguire and his office and tell them to expect your call and to be overwhelmed by such calls asking for his help.
If there are two people in your family, have each person make a call. If there are 10 who believe in Lulu’s case, make 10 separate calls. The greater the number of calls, the better the chance of support. Hopefully, the phones will be ringing constantly, so you may get a busy signal. Don’t let that stop you! Please keep trying until your get through. This is so important!
Let’s see if our own MP truly has any influence with his colleagues in the Harper Conservative government, to insure that justice is done. If nothing happens, we know the answer to that question. We will be watching and waiting, Mr. Maguire!
And if Lulu and her family receive justice as a result of your efforts, I will be the first one to thank you and to let the general public all know what you have achieved for this little girl and her family.
If you want justice for a little six-year-old girl, please make that call. And have all your friends and each family member do the same. The more calls, the more ammunition for Mr. Maguire to make the case. Please do this for a little six-year-old girl named Lulu.
P.S. The full story of this case is in the April 21 issue of The Toronto Star. Check it out on your computer. And also go to the website freelulu.ca to see all the letters and outpouring of love and support for Lulu, with many of the letters written in brightly coloured crayons from other little six-year-old girls like Lulu.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 25, 2014