Emerald Bensadoun, writing for Global News, says that “Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said Tuesday that in an attempt to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, those crossing the border irregularly will still be allowed into Canada, but will be subject to medical screening and housed in quarantine when necessary.” That’s right, even though, just a day earlier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sais that “We will be denying entry to Canada to people who are not Canadians citizen or permanent residents …” and he excluded only a very few people, specifically: “aircrews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and US citizens.” So, now, diplomats and illegal border crossers are just sort of equivalent, are they?
OK, I understand, fully, that:
- As soon as these people, cross the border they have been coached to claim refugee status and when they do that they, automatically, with just a few words, get a whole new legal status; and
- Even if Canada closed the Roxham Road crossing they would find new crossing sites ~ we do not have the resources to secure our border and one provision of Pierre Trudeau’s carelessly drafted, often downright silly, written Constitution gives full legal rights to anyone who sets foot on Canadian soil, no matter how (s)he gets here, legally or not.
But holding them for 24 hours is not good enough.
Every single illegal border crosser has to be detained for weeks and even months. Everyone who entered Canada on an “irregular” basis since, say, 1 November 2019, just before the virus was detected in Wuhan in China, must be rounded up and detained with them. The Canadian Forces needs to be called out to build a secure (maybe tented) camp ~ the large military complex at Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu is nearby.
(The cadets at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean can be moved to the Royal Military Colege in Kingston, where they belong, anyway ~ Canada does NOT need two military colleges; a separate, French language college defeats the aim of producing a cohesive, bilingual, unified officer corps. Equally, the large Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School can be decentralized and moved to places like Cold Lake and Wainwright, Alberta, Shilo, Manitoba, Borden, Meaford and Kingston, Ontario, Valcartier, Québec, Gagetown, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia.)
The prime minister says it’s a national emergency; our military is good at emergencies and it is flexible and can adapt to change quickly.
We need to build large detention facilities, as the Germans have done, able to hold thousands and even tens of thousands, in safety, for months and even years …
… until almost all of them can be deported back to their home countries or to the USA.
It is simply unacceptable ~ politically, socially, ethically and medically ~ that illegal migrants are allowed to enter Canada at will even as we try to cope with a global pandemic. Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Blair each need to grow both a brain and a set of gonads. They need to be smart and tough and they need to act a little, tiny bit like leaders. Both are failing Canada. Both need to be tossed, as soon as possible onto Canada’s political rubbish heap and replaced by real leaders:
The prime minister says this is a crisis; he’s right; his response is not good enough … he hasn’t been good enough since the fall of 2015. It’s time for a change.