A Tale of Two Countries

Posted November 27, 2015 on 3:23 pm | In the category Canada, U.S. Domestic Policy, U.S. Foreign Policy, Uncategorized | by Mackenzie Brothers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that his election pledge to accept 25,000 refugees from Syria by the end of 2015 will have to be altered with a new deadline of March 1, 2016 in order to provide sufficient security checks and to deal with transportation and housing issues.  10,000 refugees will arrive by January 1, 25,000 by March 1 and 35,000 by the end of 2016.  The refugees will be restricted to families, single women and children.  All the premiers of all the provinces and the two northern territories have agreed to this and there has been virtually no opposition.  On the contrary.  Housing will be located on military bases and other available sites, and no one will be settled in tents.

The United States has pledged to resettle 10,000 refugees by the end of 2016. However, according to CNN, the governors of 31 US states have announced that Syrian refugees will not  be welcome in their states, including President Obama’s home state of Illinois, and  Canadian  border states Michigan, New Hampshire  and Maine.  Dylan was right.  The times they are really achanging.



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  1. Canada, long the bastion of civil liberties and equal rights for all has had a checkered immigration policy in the past. Prior to and during world two, Jews ( and to a lesser degree Armenians ) were denied entry into Canada as refugees. The official reason was because Jews (having being stripped of all their worldly possessions ) could not prove to Canadian authorities that they could support themselves. Many Canadian (at that time ) were very anti-Semitic as well. Canada ( in recent times) has reversed this policy of discrimination and let everyone in. On the other had, the USA ( in times of war and disasters ) has been most generous in allowing refugees to cross its borders . Most recently, Bosnian refugees from the civil war in the former Yugoslavia , Somalian refugees from their civil war and in the 60s and 70s, Vietnamese and Laotian refugees . With the current Syrian immigration crisis , the USA is trying to avoid, what happened in France . Prime minister Trudeau is trying to show the world how nice he is and erase the past .

    Comment by Preacherbbb — November 28, 2015 #

  2. Bob and Doug are on target and soome of us are ashamed of our so-called leaders. In the glorious, liberal,Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God Bless it!) our newly elected “moderate” Republican Governor has gone all wishy washy on us, demanding to know whether Syrian refugees will be adequately vetted. This, of course, is bullshit since everybody knows that it takes up to two years for anyone coing from the Middle East to get cleared and the process has been transparent and in place for years. What we have is a combination of xenophobia and cowardice and it is simply a disgrace.

    As for avoiding what happened in FRance -there are no guarantees and most of the “terrorists” were French and Belgian, not Syrian. We are in the midst of a lengthy presidential campaign which is so far not exactly bringing out the best of the American people. Meanwhile we are totally capable of producng our own rand of home-bred terrorists. Just watch the daily news.

    Comment by Jeff — November 29, 2015 #

  3. @PreacherBBB

    If the USA really was concerned about preventing the deaths like those in France, maybe its citizens would work on changing their gun culture. So far there have been 351 mass shootings in 2015 alone with 447 dead and 1292 injured, more than three times the number in Paris. Forget about ISIS, you are killing yourselves.

    Comment by Belazeebub — December 1, 2015 #

  4. Having grown up in Canada I have a very good perspective on the effects of gun control when implemented without any logic. As I’ve said before the debate on gun control will always end in stalemate. This is an old debate … Guns are tools and can be used for good or evil ( like any tool ) . How many people are killed every year in automobile related deaths due to negligence or murder. Is the government to ban people from driving or ban the car itself ? Gun control has the same kind of problems. Is the government to ban people from using all guns or the guns themselves? It is a very complicated issue. Many law abiding citizens enjoy guns and collecting them. Safety is paramount to them . On the other hand there some ( including criminals ) who use guns only as a means to an ends i.e. Criminal activity. How does one control this problem ? It is almost impossible. Hundreds of illegal ” ghost guns ” ( copies of guns with no serial number , made in Southeast Asia ) flood into north America everyday . These guns are then sold on the black market to people who can’t buy guns legally. Once bought these guns are used in a crime and can not be traced by the police . I agree that there should be a mandate when buying a gun legally , that safety classes must be taken prior to said purchase. As I said before this debate is never ending, but it’s the criminals that should be controlled and not law abiding citizens . ” Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god” Jean Rostand .

    Comment by Preacherbbb — December 5, 2015 #

  5. New York Times editorial – Dec. 12, 2015
    “Canada’s generosity – and Mr. Trudeau’s personal warmth and leadership – can serve as a beacon for others. In the meantime, it puts to shame the callous and irresponsible behaviour of the American governors and presidential candidates who have argued that the United States, for the sake of its security, must shut its doors to all Syrian refugees.”

    Couldn’t have put it better myself

    Comment by Doug Mackenzie — December 15, 2015 #

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