Canada needs to reverse course

A few days ago I noted that Australia has announced that it will not sign the United Nation’s new Global Compact on Migration because, the Australian government said, “the final draft of the compact said that migration detention should only be used “as a measure of last resort” and states should work towards alternatives … [but] … After failing to secure changes … [in the final drafting session] … addressing its concerns, the Morrison government confirmed on Wednesday that Australia will not sign, joining the United States, Israel and a group of Eastern European countries that have also refused.

But it gets worse, as Marcel de Graaff, a Dutch (and conservative) Member of the European Parliament members suggests, the Compact is meant to be the “the legal framework on which countries commit themselves to build new legislation,” in other words, Canada will be expected (and I expect the Trudeau regime will want to) write laws making irregular migration a “human right” of some sort. Further, he says, “one of the basic elements of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate speech … [and] … criticism of migration will become a criminal offence and media outlets … [which publish criticism of migration] ,,, can be shut down” which means that, in Justin Trudeau’s dream of a post-national Canada, even criticizing the government’s policy on irregular migration, as I do right here, might make me liable to be charged with a hate crime, and e.g. the Sun chain of newspapers in which journalists like Candice Malcolm and Brian Lilley regularly sound the alarm about irregular migration might find their doors barred by the Trudeau thought police.

I understand and I agree that, as Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Jean-Nicolas Beuze who is the representative in Canada of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), have said, in an article in MacLean’s, “Canada can be counted on to support the UN Refugee Agency and our partners to do a different — and hopefully, better — job for refugees and the countries and communities that host them.” Where I part company with them is, as I said, when they take a “deeply flawed approach” (being in any way associated with this Global Compact on Migration) “to a real problem” (the situations in the world, especially in Africa and the Middle East, which drive people to abandon their homes in fear and despair and seek better lives elsewhere).

Let me be clear: Canadians, including me, want Canada to be generous towards the aylan1-kW0F--621x414@LiveMintpoorest of the poor and, especially to those fleeing war and strife. But I think that most Canadians understand that there is a big different between generosity and compassion, on the one hand, and being a ‘patsy’ ~ allowing people to flout our laws and regulations for their own advantage ~ on the other. I believe that Prime Minister Trudeau’s basic instincts are bruce-main2driven by his own, personal and sincere spirit of generosity, and I applaud him for holding those views; but I also believe, based on the evidence of the last couple of years, that he is simply unable to craft and implement a coherent suite of immigration, refugee, migration and border control polices that serve Canada’s best interests. His heart is in the right place, but good policy is made with the brain, not the heart, and he’s a bit short in the brain department. He is doing what many, many Canadians want ~ being generous, being very different from Donald J Trump, in fact ~ but he is, simply, not doing the right things. He’s inept as both a leader and as a manager. he’s just not ready for this job.

What’s needed, now, is for Canada to step back, to reverse its current course and to follow Australia and others, for many of the the same reasons, and refuse to sign on to the UN’s Global Compact on Migration because it will compromise our national sovereignty and our right, as an independent, sovereign state, to control our own borders, and also because we, Canadians, respect the rule of law and we care about each individual’s precious liberty … and the UN wants to impose a highly illiberal legal burden on to countries like Canada.

If Justin Trudeau insists on going ahead then I expect Andrew Scheer to promise, firmly, that within days of taking office he will rescind Canada’s approval and remove Canada from that deeply flawed, illiberal Compact.

We have to have a plan to help the poorest of the poor and to help to stem the tide of involuntary migrants. As counter-intuitive as it may seem to many progressives, the first step we may need to take on the road to doing something really useful, really generous and really helpful to those poor folks is to increase our defence budget to 2% of GDP and pronounce ourselves ready, willing and able to help make the world a safer, more peaceful place where people can live in peace and prosperity in their own homelands.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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