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Mary Jo Leddy: Competent Board

Professional Immigration Refugee Board Dept: "I don t think that s justice," Mary Jo Leddy told News, according to CBC. Leddy, who has attended hundreds of hearings, said while there are "very competent" board members, "there are some who are simply terrible. That s what makes it a lottery." Mary Jo Leddy, an advocate for refugees, says that Canada needs an independent, self-regulating, professional Immigration Refugee Board. /Maureen Brosnahan Being recognized as a refugee in Canada can be more of a roll of the dice than a fair process, a woman who has worked with refugee claimants for more than 20 years says. It's a disgrace to our country," the director of Romero House in Toronto said in response to an analysis of data for 2011 from the Immigration and Refugee Board that shows an inconsistent approval rate among the IRB's adjudicators. ( As reported in the news.