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Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

Cana­di­ans must unite for im­mi­grants and refugees. Re­cent yel­low-vested pro­test­ers have been seen in small pock­ets across the coun­try. Along with the fed­eral car­bon tax, one of the key talk­ing points of this group is a non-bind­ing United Na­tions agree­ment, which is be­ing used as a dog whis­tle to spread con­spir­acy the­o­ries and stoke fear about im­mi­gra­tion. In the city of Swift Cur­rent, Sask., Mayor De­nis Per­rault has been honk­ing and wav­ing at weekly yel­low vest protests in front of city hall. Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion, Mayor Per­rault’s in­ten­tions were more friendly, rather than po­lit­i­cal. In­stead of honk­ing his horn in tacit sup­port, we need lead­er­ship across this coun­try that pro­vides a pas­sion­ate de­fence of im­mi­gra­tion, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and the value of new­com­ers. The irony is not lost that these Trumpian and xeno­pho­bic protests are oc­cur­ring dur­ing the Chris­tian hol­i­day sea­son. Whether it’s the story of Moses or Je­sus, it’s about refugee fam­i­lies seek­ing bet­ter lives for their loved ones. Lest we for­get that the Ku Klux Klan set­tled in Saskatchewan in 1926 and gained mo­men­tum by 1927 with up­wards of 25,000 mem­bers, blam­ing Ro­man Catholics and im­mi­grants for so­ci­ety’s prob­lems. The same blame game is hap­pen­ing to­day, while ig­nor­ing the fact that Saskatchewan has the low­est min­i­mum wage in the coun­try and among the worst plans for the en­vi­ron­ment. It’s time for lead­ers and the peo­ple of Canada to unite and de­fend hu­man de­cency.

JOSEPH DON­NELLY

(Hu­man de­cency does not mean en­dors­ing our cur­rent gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions.)

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