In 2010, I visited Syria with my family and we found the people there to be friendly and gracious. But a cruel civil war has now forced an estimated two million Syrians to seek refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and even Iraq, neighbouring countries ill-equipped for such a surge. The UN has pleaded with countries, such as Canada, to provide a home for at least some of those displaced people. Sweden agreed to accept 15,000, Germany 5,000, the U.S. 2000, and in July 2013 Canada agreed to accept 1,300. In March 2014, however, the Toronto Star reported that only about 10 government-sponsored refugees had managed to enter Canada the previous year.
It is no secret that the Harper government is no friend of refugees. The Harper government exists solely to support the corporate sector as it seeks to maximize profit, often at the expense of life itself. Basically, Canada is governed by a party of bigots, but a party just cunning enough to realize that publicly proclaiming its bigotry would cost it votes. So, instead, it slanders and defames refugees in order to demonize them and provide a platform which racists can support with code words like”bogus refugees” or “economic refugees” or other double-speak terms that serve to rationalize actions that are, quite simply, wicked and worthy only of contempt. In the crunch, the Harper government has demonstrated it puts corporate profit before life and will manufacture anti-refugee propaganda in order to corner the vote of those who need somebody to look down in order to feel good about themselves.
Right on, Dennis! And Canada’s revised refugee policies are working exactly as designed. Last year only 1\2 of the number of refugees were admitted compared to the totals of the two years previous. Nonetheless, the numbers of temporary foreign workers is booming! Such mistaken priorities!