Trudeau needs to re­gain con­trol of our bor­ders

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment is fail­ing to show cana­di­ans they’ve got the cri­sis at our south­ern bor­der un­der con­trol.

Months ago, at the be­gin­ning of the year, the Lib­er­als were crit­i­cized for do­ing noth­ing to tackle the then emerg­ing cri­sis. Their main re­sponse was to lash out at their crit­ics.

We now know the num­bers of peo­ple cross­ing il­le­gally into canada pri­mar­ily through Man­i­toba and Que­bec back then were noth­ing com­pared to what’s hap­pen­ing now.

In Que­bec, hun­dreds of peo­ple a day are now cross­ing. So­cial ser­vices in the province are over­whelmed such that last week the Olympic Sta­dium in Mon­treal was con­verted into a refugee cen­tre, com­plete with rows of cots near the re­fresh­ment stands.

cana­di­ans watch video clips on­line and on the tele­vi­sion of peo­ple il­le­gally stream­ing across the bor­der. They don’t even have time to ask where the po­lice are in all of this. That’s be­cause the RcMP are right there — act­ing more as bell­hops than our fed­eral law en­force­ment agency that should be se­cur­ing our bor­ders.

This fi­asco must come to an end. It un­der­mines our trust in our im­mi­gra­tion and refugee sys­tem. It sends a mes­sage to crim­i­nals and ter­ror­ists that canada is an easy coun­try to en­ter. It im­plies that our own very own gov­ern­ment sup­ports open bor­ders.

An im­mi­gra­tion depart­ment no­tice posted to face­book on Satur­day said they were aware that var­i­ous apps in the U.S. were in­cor­rectly send­ing word that canada is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to flood the bor­ders.

They clar­ify: “the Gov­ern­ment of canada dis­cour­ages peo­ple from en­ter­ing canada out­side of des­ig­nated ports of en­try as it can be dangerous and is a vi­o­la­tion of the law.”

But this is just a name­less de­part­men­tal re­lease. It lacks clout and won’t go vi­ral. It’s Prime Min­is­ter Justin trudeau who the world needs to hear from on this is­sue.

He still has yet to walk back his reck­less #Wel­come­tocanada mes­sage that er­ro­neously told the world we have open bor­ders.

The longer trudeau de­lays, the more it will just look like he doesn’t have con­trol of our bor­ders.

If there is no voice of au­thor­ity out there telling peo­ple to stop cross­ing into canada il­le­gally, then they won’t. Lead­er­ship on this is­sue is sorely lack­ing.

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