Kudos to Tasha Kheiriddin for her straight-forward column asking refugees and immigrants to leave their battles at home – Respect for a country starts before you cross its borders. She champions Vic Toews for pledging to make things tougher.
However, one has to wonder how much latitude he has in view of the Trudeaupian curse of the Charter of ‘Rights’ which apparently applies to anyone who sets foot in Canada courtesy of unelected Justice (Big) Bertha Wilson [H/T Maz2], and thereby takes away the rights of Canadians to do anything about it.
James Morton suggests that one solution to regain control might be to invoke the Notwithstanding Clause but he sees a speedier claim process as possibly the preferable alternative. Oh yes, that would be nice but knowing the pace that bureaucracy moves in Canada, I’m not going to put my money on that option.
So is it time for the Notwithstanding Clause? Is it time to unshackle those Trudeaupian chains from our collective necks and take some action?
And yes, I’m totally aware that this in not politically correct, and you know what?
I don’t care.
Because this is not the last boatload.
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Rule doesn’t hold water – Ezra Levant, Sun:
…Canada could set up our own Christmas Island. Or we could have Nauru or another country do it for us. Or we could even ask the Australians to do ours, too. Even if we paid our allies $20,000 per migrant to do the work, it would be cheaper than processing them here — and that’s not counting social services.
Of course, the Singh decision would be invoked to declare such solutions unconstitutional. So the terrorists and traffickers would continue their profitable shipments. And dozens of ships would follow, with thousands of more queue-jumpers.
Unless our government invoked section 33 of the Charter, called the notwithstanding clause. It was put there by Pierre Trudeau and the premiers for cases just like this, when courts are out of touch with reality. Section 33 would suspend the Singh decision for five years — long enough to see if a Canadian Christmas Island would work.
Would the opposition parties accept the use of section 33? Or would it force an election?
Better that 33 million of us get to decide in 2010, rather than one man back in 1985.
I would welcome an election over this one. The Government should bring forward the legislation and make it a confidence vote.
Bring. It. On.
No ‘migrants’ on the Sun Sea – Toronto Sun:
It was the Tamil Tigers, after all, who pioneered the despicable act of suicide bombings, and who are suspected in the assassination of Sri Lanka’s president as well as former Indian president Rajiv Gandhi.
Only a fool would therefore believe no Tamil Tigers are hiding among the women and children aboard that ship now docked in CFB Esquimalt, and that they are not bent on forming a government-in-exile in our country should they go undetected.
After all, some $12 million has been raised by the Tamil diaspora living in Canada, and $300 million worldwide, to fund the Tamil Tigers’ civil war back in Sri Lanka before it was finally defeated in 2009.
And it was this diaspora which also put up a goodly portion of the estimated $10 million it took to pay the smugglers who brought them here.
The goal, undoubtedly, is to keep the Tamil Tiger movement alive — and do it on our soil.
Excellent letter in today’s National Post by Charles Evans of Toronto (Welcome to Canada and here’s an umbrella):
...Given the fact that these passengers live in a country where gross national income per capita approximates US$1,790, that raises the question: To what extent did Canadian Tamils finance the passage of these people? If, in addition, the smugglers are in fact Tamil Tigers one might observe that they are not “heartless” but rather “ingenious” for having devised a very efficient funding strategy.
A cynic might conclude that these “refugees,” once in Canada, will in turn work hard to repay their passage and possibly finance other Sri Lankan Tamils who want to take the next Tamil Tiger “refugee” boat. In this way, what appears to be desperate Canadian resident Tamils trying to rescue desperate Sri Lankan Tamils is in reality a self-perpetuating strategy to finance the next Tamil Tiger-led Sri Lankan civil war.
And the National Post editorial seems to be agreeing with James Morton – Get serious on refugee reform:
But the truly significant changes will have to come through thorough reform of the refugee and immigration system. This will cost considerable money, but it is a cause that should unite left and right since the end result would be a combination of humane, speedy treatment of the truly downtrodden with a law-andorder decisiveness about who gets in and who doesn’t. Once the regular immigration channels were working in a timely manner, there would be less incentive for economic migrants (and other would-be Canadians not facing persecution at home) to abuse the refugee process.
Again, colour me skeptical.
Stop migrant tide: Turn tables on Tigers – Chronicle Herald (!)
James Morton’s blog post is now up at National Post. Again it is an excellent column and please check out the comments!