Even the Wall Street Journal has noticed that Prime Minister Trudeau’s “open arms” policy towards refugees and migrants is becoming less and less popular. “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s open-arms policy on refugees is facing pushback at home,” the Journal notes, citing “A poll published Friday by Vancouver-based Angus Reid Institute indicates Canadian anxiety over asylum seekers entering the country by foot from the U.S. has intensified from a year ago, when such border crossings hit a peak. Their concern “shows no sign of abating,” said Shachi Kurl, executive director of the polling organization …. [and] … According to the poll, 58% of Canadians surveyed said the country is “too generous” to unofficial border crossers, an increase from 53% when Angus Reid asked a similar question a year ago. Nearly two-thirds, or 65%, said the roughly 31,000 asylum seekers who have come to Canada from the U.S. since the Trump administration took office are too much for the country to handle.“
That’s the nub of it: Canadians are waking up to the fact that Prime Minister Trudeau invited people to Canada without going through the proper channels and without any idea of the consequences. It was, in fact, just a cheap political stunt to score an few easy points off US President Trump … but it is backfiring.
The Wall Street Journal reports that “67% of the 1,500 survey respondents said they would describe the asylum situation as a “crisis”–a term the opposition Conservative Party … [especially the estimable CPC MP Michelle Rempel] … has repeatedly used in recent months to describe the situation. The online survey was conducted July 25-30, with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.“
“Sensing trouble at home on the irregular border crossings … [the Journal says] … Mr. Trudeau revamped his cabinet last month and named Toronto’s former police chief as minister responsible for border security … [saying that] … “When Conservatives across the country are playing the fear card, we need strong, reassuring voices to counter that and to demonstrate that the safety and security of Canadians…is something that we will never flinch on.”” In fact it isn’t the “safety and security” issue that is the real problem … I think we can actually trust the RCMP and CBSA and others to keep track of the dodgiest irregular asylum seekers. The issue that Prime Minister Trudeau has fumbled is much bigger: our entire immigration and refugee policy suite lies in ruins because he didn’t think things through.
Canadians are a generous people … most of us do not approve of how President Trump talks about and threatens those who have fled to America from various hell-holes around the globe; he’s a bully and we don’t not want our leaders to be like him. Prime Minister Trudeau and his handlers and press agents understand that and they think that by saying nice things and leaving our borders unsecured they, the Liberals, will reap benefits in the 2019 election … maybe not. Maybe Canadians understand that neither Justin Trudeau nor Andrew Scheer are anything like President Trump and maybe Canadians are sick and tired of Justin Trudeau’s ‘open arms‘ approach to improper migrants and, maybe, they will turn ‘thumbs down‘ on him in 2019.