Some time ago, back in July of 2018, Diane Francis, a veteran journalist, editor, author and commentator said, in an opinion piece in the Financial Post, that “U.S. President Donald Trump is an irrepressible and irresponsible tweeter, but so is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau … [when] … In January 2017, Trump imposed a “travel ban” on seven Muslim countries … [Prime Minister Trudeau] … then sent out a holier-than-thou tweet that is costing Canadians hundreds of millions of dollars and creating a permanent burden … [because] … On January 28, 2017 at 4.20 pm, Trudeau tweeted: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.“” That’s all indisputable fact: Justin Trudeau sent that tweet; it was “holier than thou” because he was trying to paint himself, speaking for Canada, as being kinder or better than Donald Trump’s USA; and the consequential influx of
illegal irregular migrants is costing us hundreds of millions of dollars and is imposing delays on processing the applications of the regular, legal immigrants that we do want and need.
On February 2nd Gerald Butts posted this on social media:
It’s the headline fromMs Francis’ July 2018 column:
Fair enough, but, since we’re clearly already in the 2019 campaign season, Mr Butts feels compelled to lie by suggesting that Andrew Scheer is breaking with some sort of consensus on immigration and refugees.
It is beyond nonsensical to imply, as Mr Butts does, that what is happening on our borders has anything at all to so with either refugees or immigration. It is, 100% about illegal migration, exploiting a loophole in Canada’s response to international conventions. There never was any sort of consensus about illegal migration … everyone, from Sir Wilfred Laurier through to Stephen Harper opposed unscreened, unchecked migration. Only Justin Trudeau seems to believe that it might be a good idea.
There was a broad consensus, going all the way back to the 19th century, about Canada needing immigration; and, gradually, successive Canadian governments removed racial and religious barriers, and beginning in the 1970s, the Trudeau, Mulroney, Chrétien and Harper governments all welcomed more and more immigrants from around the world ~ and they made Canada a better, more prosperous and stronger country in the process.
There was also, going back to the mid 1940s, after we learned about what had happened in Europe in the 1930s and ’40s, some sort of consensus about refugees. Canadians, CCFers, Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats, alike, all wanted to be generous to those in the world who had lost everything. I, personally, think that our refugee processes and programmes fail the utility test ~ we provide real help to a very, very few, but it’s a drop in the bucket when tens of millions are in greater need; we do not try to do “the greatest good for the greatest number,” as I believe we should.
So, there was, I believe still is a consensus about real, legitimate, legal immigrants, and about helping refugees, too … but that has nothing at all do with what Ms Francis and e.g. Michelle Rempel are talking about. There is a huge problem on our borders as tens of thousands of
illegal irregular migrants stream into Canada in response to Justin Trudeau “holier then thou” tweet. They are a problem, a serious social and economic problem, and they are also a big political problem that is, as Ms Francis said, entirely Justin Trudeau’s fault … and there might be broad agreement on the fact that it is his responsibility to clean up the mess he made.
Gerald Butts is spreading fake news and disinformation; he is, in effect, waging war on the Canadian people; he’s doing what many people worry the Chinese or Russians might do to us: spreading lies in hopes of influencing our election. Isn’t that what Justin Trudeau wants to stop?
Gerald Butts is playing fast and loose with the truth because he knows that
his puppet the prime minister has done and is still doing all the wrong things. Mr Butts is trying to confuse Canadians by pretending that there is some sort of multi-partisan consensus about illegal irregular migration: there isn’t, and he knows there isn’t, but he doesn’t care because he thunks that just enough Canadians will believe just enough his lies to save Justin Trudeau from the electoral defeat he so richly deserves … let’s prove him wrong.