Canada bash­ing is mis­placed

Toronto Star - - OPINION -

Re Canada to blame for Alan’s death, fa­ther tells

pa­per, Sept. 11 I was flab­ber­gasted to read about this mis­placed blame by the fa­ther of the Syr­ian child Alan Kurdi, who died in most un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances, which Canada did not cre­ate.

There are prob­a­bly one bil­lion peo­ple on this planet who would love to move to Canada. I was one of them 23 years ago hop­ing to im­prove my fam­ily’s life while I was work­ing in the Mid­dle East. I ap­plied for le­gal immigration and luck­ily I was ac­cepted, for which I am eter­nally grate­ful to Canada.

It would have been lu­di­crous for me to blame Canada for any un­to­ward event oc­cur­ring to me or my fam­ily, if Canada had de­nied my immigration ap­pli­ca­tion. Ev­ery sov­er­eign coun­try, based on its eco­nomic and so­cial con­di­tions, has a right to de­cide who it will ad­mit.

Sim­i­larly, Canada has a right to de­fend its borders and de­ter­mine who it will al­low and un­der what terms. Sadly, most immigration lawyers just care about them­selves and don’t con­sider these peo­ple will be an im­me­di­ate fi­nan­cial bur­den on the econ­omy, which the Star has been telling us for six months is “sput­ter­ing” and in “re­ces­sion.”

Fi­nally, there is the is­sue of as­sim­i­la­tion with our so­ci­ety — we are all see­ing the events un­fold­ing in the Thorn­cliffe school, when the latest changes to the sex-ed­u­ca­tion were im­ple­mented.

Stephen Harper is right in tak­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary pains to en­sure due process is fol­lowed so Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists do not come in the garb of asy­lum seek­ers. Ra­jeev Cho­pra, Toronto I am as sad­dened as any­one else about that lit­tle boy’s need­less death, but to hear his fa­ther say it is Canada’s fault just made me mad. Did any Cana­dian put that child and his fam­ily in an un­safe boat? No; he did that him­self.

I am sick and tired of Canada be­ing painted as the bad guys for not open­ing our doors wide and let­ting thou­sands of these mi­grants in with­out proper screen­ing. We do not have af­ford­able hous­ing for the peo­ple al­ready here. How can we house thou­sands more? We can’t. No coun­try can. Elaine Booth, Toronto

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.