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The Walrus - - LETTERS -

I truly en­joyed read­ing Ka­mal Al-so­laylee’s fea­ture (“Un­wel­come to Canada,” April), in which he ques­tions Canada’s re­luc­tance to ac­cept refugees from Ye­men, host to one of the gravest hu­man­i­tar­ian crises to­day. The fact that the Ye­meni refugees Al-so­laylee spoke to con­structed their un­der­stand­ing of Justin Trudeau and his poli­cies based on videos and speeches un­der­scores the in­te­gral role of image for the prime min­is­ter. Trudeau has come to be seen as asaviour of lib­eral democ­racy in the face of grow­ing na­tion­al­ism and xeno­pho­bia in many other parts of the world. But let’s re­mem­ber that Canada, com­pared to many Euro­pean and Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries, can more eas­ily choose who crosses its borders seek­ing asy­lum. Just as im­por­tant, ac­tions of­ten fail to fol­low the prime min­is­ter’s grand rhetoric. Like the rest of world, these Ye­meni refugees are plac­ing too much hope in our prime min­is­ter. Marie La­men­sch Mon­treal, QC

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