What is the credibility of the evidence provided by the respondent in his application for Canadian citizenship?

Canada (Federal), Canada

The following excerpt is from Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Chau, 1999 CanLII 8734 (FC):

Another aspect of his evidence that lacks credibility is his explanation for his absences abroad. He could give no satisfactory explanation as to why the "monitoring" of the Canadian orders, received by the Canadian company for the Hong Kong made garments, required so much time in Hong Kong. Mr. Justice Gibson's comments in Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v. Lu (T-1617-98, April 9, 1999) are equally applicable to the facts of this case: "[w]ith income in such amounts, it is difficult if not impossible to conclude that the respondent's Canadian business justified, and could support, the amount of time that he purported to spend outside Canada in pursuit of the interests of that business". In addition when the respondent was first asked whether he had signed his citizenship application in Canada, or in Hong Kong, he answered Canada, but when it was pointed out to him that the list of his absences showed that he was in Hong Kong on the relevant date, he changed his evidence, saying the citizenship application had been forwarded to him in Hong Kong.

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