We don’t need yel­low vests; we need some un­der­stand­ing

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Opinion - ED­I­TOR: Joseph Don­nelly, R. M. of Ex­cel­sior

In the City of Swift Cur­rent, Mayor De­nis Per­rault has been honk­ing and wav­ing at weekly yel­low vest protests.

Along with the fed­eral car­bon tax, one of the key talk­ing points of this small group is a United Na­tions agree­ment, which is be­ing used as a dog whis­tle to stoke fear about im­mi­gra­tion. That dec­la­ra­tion cre­ated two non-bind­ing in­ter­na­tional agree­ments: one for refugees ( Global Com­pact on Refugees) and one for mi­grants (the Global

Com­pact for Safe, Or­derly and Reg­u­lar Mi­gra­tion).

Ac­cord­ing to Swift Cur­rent On­line, Mayor Per­rault's in­ten­tions were more friendly, rather than po­lit­i­cal.

"I'm proud to live in a coun­try that em­braces the free­dom of speech," Per­rault via a text mes­sage. "With all of the protests across Canada we can see that our na­tion's unity is at an all-time low... I'm hope­ful that the cur­rent fed­eral lead­ers ac­knowl­edge these mes­sages and work to bring our coun­try back as a united one."

In­stead of honk­ing horns in tacit sup­port, we need a strong de­fence of im­mi­gra­tion, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and the value of new­com­ers. Af­ter all, Swift Cur­rent has pledged to have 25 thou­sand peo­ple by 2025.

The yel­low vest move­ment be­gan as an anti-aus­ter­ity protest in France, but has mor­phed into some­thing much uglier in Canada.

It's time for the mayor, coun­cil­lors, MLAs, MPs, and fel­low hu­man be­ings, to speak up and ex­pose these yel­low vesters, and cel­e­brate the suc­cess of set­tle­ment in our re­gion.

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