Op­po­si­tion to UN mi­grant com­pact broad, far-reach­ing

Winnipeg Sun - - COMMENT - CANDICE MAL­COLM @Candicemal­colm

The Trudeau gov­ern­ment and the main­stream me­dia are not telling the truth about the UN Global Com­pact on Mi­gra­tion.

Both are cast­ing op­po­si­tion to the UN agree­ment as con­spir­a­to­rial, far-right, and even racist, while leav­ing out im­por­tant facts and de­tails about the com­pact.

Trudeau's top aide Ger­ald Butts — some­times re­ferred to as the co-prime minister, be­cause ap­par­ently he does the be­hind-the-scenes heavy lift­ing — led the at­tacks this week.

Butts took is­sue with a Con­ser­va­tive Party ad on so­cial me­dia which read, “Justin Trudeau wants to give up Cana­dian sovereignty to an un­elected in­ter­na­tional body. Say NO to the UN Global Com­pact for Mi­gra­tion.”

The ad quoted Con­ser­va­tive

Leader An­drew Scheer say­ing, “Cana­di­ans and Cana­di­ans alone should make de­ci­sions on who comes into our coun­try and un­der what cir­cum­stances. Not the UN.”

In re­sponse, Butts scolded the Con­ser­va­tives and un­leashed a de­ranged crit­i­cism. “This is a flat-out lie be­ing spread by the far-right in Europe, the alt-right in North Amer­ica, and now the leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada.”

This story line ap­peared through­out the main­stream me­dia.

Many jour­nal­ists chose to leave out the fact that the UN com­pact is be­ing met with heavy op­po­si­tion through­out the West­ern world.

Ac­cord­ing to a Cana­dian Press news ar­ti­cle, “al­most all UN mem­ber states are poised to sign it, ex­cept the United States and Hun­gary.”

Other jour­nal­ists have echoed this talk­ing point, stat­ing that only a small hand­ful of coun­tries — all run my right-wing pop­ulist gov­ern­ments — are op­posed to the mi­gra­tion com­pact.

It is this claim that is flat out un­true.

In the U.S., both Repub­li­cans and Democrats like Hil­lary Clin­ton op­pose the deal.

It was Clin­ton her­self who helped pop­u­lar­ize the term “alt-right” — re­fer­ring to both in­ter­net pranksters and racist white na­tion­al­ists who have been ex­com­mu­ni­cated from the con­ser­va­tive move­ment.

Main­stream con­ser­va­tive voices in Canada, in­clud­ing Maxime Bernier, Michelle Rempel and Danielle Smith all op­pose sign­ing the UN com­pact.

And as for “far-right” op­po­si­tion in Europe?

Aus­tria, Hun­gary, Poland, Slo­vakia, the Czech Repub­lic, Bul­garia and even neu­tral Switzer­land have all backed out of the com­pact.

In Latvia, the coun­try's gov­ern­ment held a de­bate and a vote on the is­sue, ul­ti­mately de­cid­ing not to sign the UN com­pact.

That's what a democ­racy is sup­posed to look like.

Out­side of Europe, Aus­tralia, Is­rael and Ja­pan have backed out of the deal, while New Zealand is en­gaged in a pub­lic de­bate and lean­ing to­wards not sign­ing the com­pact.

In other words, a grow­ing plu­ral­ity of refugee-re­ceiv­ing coun­tries have cho­sen to re­ject the UN Com­pact on Mi­gra­tion.

Why? Well, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralia's pub­lic safety Minister Peter Dut­ton, Aus­tralia is not will­ing to “sign a deal that sac­ri­fices any­thing in terms of border pro­tec­tion poli­cies.”

“We're not go­ing to sur­ren­der our sovereignty — I'm not go­ing to al­low un­elected bod­ies to dic­tate to us, to the Aus­tralian peo­ple.”

Where's Ger­ald Butts to call him a far-right racist?

Un­like the cit­i­zens of most West­ern coun­tries, Cana­di­ans have not been told the truth or been given a chance to de­bate the is­sue.

In­stead of hav­ing an hon­est dis­cus­sion about how the UN scheme will af­fect our im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem and our democ­racy, Trudeau and his cadre of gov­ern­ment-funded jour­nal­ists have pushed lies and bul­lied Cana­di­ans.

The Trudeau gov­ern­ment will rat­ify the UN com­pact on Tues­day in Morocco, sign­ing away as­pects of Cana­dian sovereignty with­out so much as an hon­est pub­lic de­bate.

GETTY IM­AGES

A child stands next to a tent at a makeshift camp ad­ja­cent to the Mo­ria camp for refugees and mi­grants on the is­land of Les­bos, in Greece, in early De­cem­ber.

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