What’s With Maryam Monsef?

While campaigning in 2015 as a Liberal candidate (she was later elected and named to Justin Trudeau’s cabinet), Peter Tweeter Maryam Monsef (who participated in the Peter Tweeter cyberbullying of an anti-bullying supporter) often talked about how certain previous politicians lacked integrity. Now it seems that Ms. Monsef may have also engaged in a lack of integrity.

When the Globe & Mail published an article on Thursday, September 22, 2016 revealing that Monsef was not from Afghanistan as she has claimed since being elected to office (she was born and raised for a large part of her life in Iran), Monsef blamed her mother, saying she withheld that information from Monsef and her siblings.

QUOTE: “My sisters and I asked my mother why she never told us we were born in Iran. She told us she did not think it mattered.”

If it didn’t matter, then telling her daughters the truth would have been as easy as letting her daughters believe a lie.  Except we only have Monsef’s most recent statement pointing at her mother as the responsible party for the incorrect information.

This is the breakdown of Monsef’s childhood.

  • 1985: Maryam Monsef born in Iran.
  • 1987: Family leaves Iran for Afghanistan where the family remains for 3 months.  (Monsef is a toddler)
  • 1987: Family returns to Iran, and lives there until 1993 (Monsef is a school age child)
  • 1993: Family leaves Iran for the second time, and lives in Afghanistan for 2 1/2 years (Monself is a school age child)
  • 1996: Family leave Afghanistan and enters Canada as refugees.  (Monsef is a tweener)

The breakdown shows that Monsef lived in Iran for 8 years, and in Afghanistan for less than 3 years.  Given her age, she should have knowledge of where she was and wasn’t born.

Conservative candidate Michael Skinner ran against Monsef in the 2015 election.  He claimed to the media that he was told by former classmates of Maryam Monsef that she spoke in high school about being born in Iran and of being Iranian.

SIDE NOTE 1:  Monsef has also marketed herself as Persian in the past.  Historically speaking, Afghanistan was a separate country from Persia since the Battle of Damghan in 1729 when Adhmad Shah Durrani was made the founder of the Afghan empire.

People on social media who attended high school with Monsef are posting what they have heard or know about Maryam Monsef by her own words.  In high school, she claimed she was Iranian and not an Afghani.

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Some have asked on various websites if it matters where Monsef was born, and the answer to that question is “Yes.”

This soon-to-be (her birthday is November 7th) 31-year-old University educated graduate would have people believe she had no idea she was born in Iran. However, a great many legal documents (from passports to student loan applications and more) demand that the applicant state the country in which he/she was born and to provide a birth certificate as proof.

QUOTE:  “Conservative MP Michelle Rempel questioned whether Ms. Monsef’s birthplace was accurately represented on her refugee and citizenship applications, saying there would be “serious consequences” if it wasn’t. Speaking to The Globe and Mail Thursday, Ms. Rempel said the minister has some explaining to do.”

SIDE NOTE 2:  Maryam Monsef graduated Trent University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.  Such a degree provides scientific training with a concentration in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience; Developmental; Social; or Clinical and Behavioral Health.

Perhaps the strangest and most telling aspect of this story is from an interview Monsef did with CTV News.  At the 6 minute 40 second mark, she says she forgot she was born in Iran.  In order to forget something, you must first know what it is that you eventually forget.

SIDE NOTE 3:  By legal definition, Iranians are considered White/Caucasian.

Where a person is willing to lie about one important fact, they are usually willing to lie about as many important facts as they feel they are able to get away with selling to the public.  It’s especially troublesome when the person/s lying is/are politicians with power, and responsible for addressing social issues as well as representing the constituency that elected him/her/them to power.

This article was compiled with information gleaned from various newspapers and newspaper social media sites.

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