Remember Ismael Gerli, the Panamanian lawyer who was charged with forging his clients' signatures on Bearer Share certificates, and stealing their real estate holdings ? He literally bought his law degree, from a university in the Republic of Panama, never attended the classes, and used that bogus degree to gain admission; there is no bar exam in Panama, only what we call the diploma privilege. if you have a law degree, you are automatically admitted to practice there. Gerli has no legal training, education or experience whatsoever, but he is an attorney; Such people are dangerous for a lot of reasons.
What if you went to a physician, armed with a bogus Iranian medical school diploma, and resulting Canadian license to practice medicine, and he or she attempts a medical procedure upon you, but has no training, cuts into an artery, and you die in the office ? What if you seek an attorney for legal advice in litigation, and he is unprepared, resulting your good case being dismissed with prejudice ? What if an engineer signs off on a building repair that later collapses upon its occupants ?
What will Canada do ? Confirmation of bogus degrees "earned" abroad, in a corrupt jurisdiction, is difficult at best. How do you know that the verifying party was not himself paid to confirm the degree ? We cannot say, but unless Canada finds an effective way to vet immigrants, bogus and unqualified professionals will continue to gain admission to advanced occupations.
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