I totally agree with you.fongo said:You can renew your passport before getting the PR as long as your application still in process and you had not gotten the visa yet.
You friend has not gotten the visa yet. He is still in safe and he does not have the Canadian PR.
Canada asking the refugee not to renew his passport after getting the PR just for his safe. As refugee you should not travel outside Canada. Otherwise, be real Canadian from day one, stay in and support the Canadian community, work hard and look afterward your family in Canada.
Refugee entered Canada then from day one is trying to go back where he came from. Before applying he was in danger. After getting the PR he needs to go back and needs to ravel by his previous passport. WTH..
This is completely insane..
I'm just planning in advance in case of emergency only.