We don’t need im­mi­gra­tion chaos in Ottawa

Is PM re­al­iz­ing his open-door pitch was flawed?

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - DAVID KRAYDEN Krayden is an Ottawa-based for­mer Air Force pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer and Par­lia­ment Hill com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Twit­ter.com/DavidKray­den

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.

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