Re: Canadian Journalist Jailed, Caged and Humiliated By UK Immigration AuthoritiesMay 18th, 2009
Polygong, I have never had any trouble either. After we left Britain in 1987 I have been back there 4 or 5 times. Every time I was practically waved through (perhaps after a few routine questions like what was the purpose of my visit, how long I was going to stay etc.).
And that is how most of the Canadians would be treated. No doubt a few of them get a rough deal. Sometimes it is justified, other times it is not. But it is all part of traveling abroad.
Immigration officers in any country are given broad powers, they can ask any questions they want (subject to human rights considerations, of course), can refuse entry to a person for any reason whatever (or for no reason whatever) and in general can do pretty much anything they wish.
So if you are treated shabbily, all you can do is grin and bear it (and I personally know a few horror stories), it is all part of traveling abroad.