Mao Qin Wang v. Canada

Application for judicial review.

Wang feared that if returned he would be unable to practice his Roman Catholic religion freely.  The panel found Wang was never a genuine practicing Roman Catholic, and his level of religious knowledge was below what would be expected for three years of practice.

Wang correctly answered questions related to his religion and produced  baptismal and confirmation certificates.   The Board gave little weight to his evidence.

HELD: Application allowed.   The Board erred in determining that Wang was not a genuine Roman Catholic by holding him to an unreasonably high standard of religious knowledge.  The Board erred by determining Wang’s knowledge by way of  a “trivia” test.   The Board erred by expecting Wang’s answers about his religion to be at the same level of knowledge at the Boards.

Counsel of Record: Shelley Levine

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