We don’t need immigration chaos in Ottawa
Is PM realizing his open-door pitch was flawed?
Denis Coderre, current mayor of Montreal, former Chretien immigration minister and perpetual Liberal windbag, can’t get enough illegal refugees in his city.
Thousands of Haitians are streaming across the Quebec border — so many, in fact, that the city had to ask the folks who operated the virtually abandoned Olympic Stadium to open their doors to the influx. The liberal media likes to call them “asylum seekers” and will never use the more accurate label of illegal refugees because that just doesn’t sound very nice.
Coderre is doing nothing to discourage the mass migration, tweeting that, “You can count on our full co-operation.”
But of course he would, because in February Coderre and the Montreal council happily embraced the notion of the city becoming a sanctuary city — just like Toronto, London and a host of similar outposts in the United States. It doesn’t mean a lot legally because in Canada we have yet to grapple with the notion of whether a city council can overrule federal law and instruct its law enforcement agencies to stop asking illegals if they are, in fact, illegal. But it does mean a Canadian city can provide access to all municipal services, regardless of a person’s illegal immigration status.
Which is why so many Haitians from the U.S. are going to Montreal. They know what sanctuary cities mean there, and they are assuming it means the same thing here in Canada.
Which is also why Ottawa must not declare itself a sanctuary city. Perhaps you weren’t even aware that there was a move afoot to do so. Irrepressible lefty city Coun. Catherine McKenney has been agitating in that direction, in cahoots with various bands of microaggression-conscious activists, but has not yet presented a formal motion.
Believe me when I say that there is sufficient leftwing dementia on council to embrace the idea. But I suspect Mayor Jim Watson, whether through a vital reserve of common sense or as a result of the political instincts that have steered him so adeptly through provincial and municipal politics, is reluctant to dance a jig over Ottawa joining both the resulting refugee and voteroutrage chaos.
Ever since Prime Minster Justin Trudeau used Twitter to articulate immigration policy in January and declare that everyone was “welcome” in Canada, illegals have been taking him at his word and walking across the border from the U.S. from hotspots in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and B.C. Canadians have seen how the government is virtually paralyzed by the resulting surge. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, the guy supposedly empowered to deal with the crisis, journeyed to the Manitoba border to survey the situation and famously declared that there would be more money available to the local volunteer firefighters so that they could conceivably start processing illegals.
But there seems to be a dawning realization with Trudeau that he may have erred in promulgating immigration policy via the internet and symbolically opening our borders in the process. Last Friday, significantly dressed in the Sinclair kilt of his anglophone grandfather, Trudeau declared that perhaps illegal immigration was not such a good thing and perhaps it was unfair to all those poor suckers who cue up to enter the country legally. Well, if Trudeau has finally experienced a policy epiphany, God bless him. It is time for the government and the liberal media to stop congratulating “asylum seekers” from violating our borders, our laws, our immigration system and the best intentions of real refugees seeking asylum.
May this picture of caressed chaos in Montreal have some impact on the woefully myopic promoters of sanctuary city Ottawa. Coderre quite simply looks like a clown this week as he appears either too pusillanimous or politically ossified to react rationally to his city’s invasion. Ottawa does not need to become the the next haven of immigration insanity.