UN pact could swamp our refugee sys­tem

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

When it comes to canada’s bor­der woes, the last thing we need is to sign onto a united Na­tions deal that will only fur­ther complicate our cur­rent mess.

yet that’s just what Prime min­is­ter Justin trudeau is plan­ning to do later this month in mo­rocco when he signs the un global com­pact on mi­gra­tion.

It’s an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment that will see coun­tries co-op­er­ate to deal with the move­ment of mi­grants around the world. We are skep­ti­cal of deals like this. the un hu­man rights coun­cil, for ex­am­ple, seems to do more to shield hu­man rights abuses than it does to solve prob­lems. and all the Paris cli­mate deal has given canada so far is the un­pop­u­lar car­bon tax.

there are few rea­sons to be­lieve this new deal on mi­gra­tion will make things bet­ter and many rea­sons to be­lieve it will worsen our bor­der woes.

one big worry is that canada will be pres­sured into ac­cept­ing a vol­ume of refugees or eco­nomic mi­grants that is not based on what’s best for us, but based on what the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity de­mands of us and that it will ob­scure the line be­tween im­mi­grants and mi­grants.

We be­live poli­cies that de­liver re­spon­si­ble im­mi­gra­tion and integration should be de­ter­mined by sov­er­eign states, not by in­ter­na­tional bod­ies.

“cana­di­ans must be in con­trol of their bor­ders and have full sovereignty over their im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem, and refuse to al­low the gov­ern­ment to con­tinue to cede this con­trol to au­thor­i­ties be­yond our bor­ders,” reads part of a con­ser­va­tive mo­tion call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to re­ject the com­pact.

(It was re­jected by the Lib­er­als Wednes­day af­ter­noon.)

It would be great if this com­pact re­sulted in a shar­ing of best prac­tices that strength­ened canada’s im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem, but cur­rently, there is no real plan or fund­ing to care for those who have al­ready crossed our bor­ders.

the united States has a mess on its south­ern bor­der that’s tear­ing at its so­cial fab­ric.

and europe has no han­dle on its bor­ders right now.

and while it’s true that canada has un­til very re­cently had an im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem that has been the envy of the world, we now have lit­tle con­trol over those re­cently cross­ing il­le­gally over our bor­der at a rate of 20,000 a year.

be­fore canada makes fur­ther com­mit­ments, we need to fix and fund our refugee sys­tem here.

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