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Much to no one's surprise except perhaps our Globe Trotting PM, the arrival target has now been revised.

Liberals won't meet deadline to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by year's end Government aims to bring 10,000 refugees by Dec. 31, the remainder by March 2016

CBC News Posted: Nov 24, 2015 2:51 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 24, 2015 3:37 PM ET

Government's Syrian refugee plan LIVE

The Liberal government is extending its deadline to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by two months, setting the end of February 2016 as a new target date.

While unveiling details of the massive resettlement program today, the government said it will identify all 25,000 selected refugees by Dec. 31, 2015, but only 10,000 will arrive by year's end.

Thousands of applicants now being processed for privately sponsored refugees will be included as part of that commitment, but they are in addition to the 3,089 Syrians who have already arrived in Canada between Jan. 1, 2014, and Nov. 3, 2015.

Health Minister Jane Philpott (left to right), Defence Minister Harijit Sajjan, Immigration Minister John McCallum and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly (not shown here) are announcing the government's plan to resettle 25,000 refugees by year's end. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Resettlement and integration supports will cost an estimated $678 million over six years.

The year-end deadline was an election campaign promise from the Liberal Party, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been under pressure to slow down the process to allow time for proper screening.

Syrians will be coming to Canada from refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

More to come. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberals-won-t-meet-deadline-to-bring-25-000-syrian-refugees-to-canada-by-year-s-end-1.3333623?cmp=rss​

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Not part of the Libs promised 25,000 but nevertheless welcomed with open arms to their new country.

Calgarians gather at airport to welcome Syrian refugees The crowd of about 60 cheered as the first family walked through.

Jeremy Simes / For Metro

The first two families of Syrian Refugees arrived at Calgary Airport Monday afternoon.

By: Jeremy Simes For Metro Published on Sun Nov 22 2015back.png

It was an emotional day for three families at the Calgary International Airport, as those in Calgary greeted their relatives en route from Syria.

The three Syrian families stayed in apartments in Lebanon, fleeing their home country for safety.

Antoinette Godbout, refugee sponsorship coordinator with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, said Lebanon could no longer take the refugees, prompting the organization to sponsor them.

Fryal Doumate stood anxiously outside gate B39 at the airport, waiting for her son Firas, his wife, and their children Hani and Fadi.

She had been waiting for three years and a couple of months to see them.

“She’s happy they’ll be safe in Canada,” said Fryal’s sister Lyla, who translated for her. “It’s not good back home.”

But the Doumates had to wait just a bit longer — the Zidan family was first to walk through the gates.

The crowd of about 60 cheered as the first family walked through and, with bouquet in hand, Shirin Khazaka leapt in the air as she saw her mom, Layla, walk through.

“I’m just so happy,” Shirin said, after the family posed for a few photos.

Via translation from her brother Samer, Layla said it was hard to leave Syria, though she's extremely happy to be in Canada.

After the Zidans left, the Doumates’ excitement began to build — they were next to see their family members.

The gate doors opened, and there they were: Fryal’s kids and grandkids.

Tears began to well in Lyla’s eyes as she kissed her niece on her forehead. They were tears of joy, she said.

Lyla greeted both little Hani and Fadi with a toy police car and ambulance.

“I’m in Canada!” Hani proclaimed with a smile.

Their dad Firas looks forward to raising his kids in Canada — it’s safe and welcoming, he said via translation from uncle David.

“It’s very nice,” Firas said, adding the family has been exhausted by their travels.

What’s next for Doumates? Lots of time to catch-up and make food, David said.

“I feel so good,” Lyla added. “Thank God, thank Canada, and thank Calgary

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This just in.

Justin lied. No 25000 by end of year

Under delivered, over promised. Didn't know, or just incompetence.

Here comes the spin. Our unqualified PM doesn't know what he's doing.

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Here is the spin that acsidestick said was coming.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1021919&tp=1

Canada Offers Leadership on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

November 24, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is taking immediate action to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada as quickly as possible, through a five-phase national plan. Canada can and will do more to help Syrian refugees who are desperately seeking safety, by offering them a new home.

The five phases are identifying Syrian refugees to come to Canada, selecting and processing Syrian refugees overseas, transportation to Canada, arrival and welcoming in Canada, and settlement and community integration. Protecting the safety, security, and health of Canadians and refugees is a key factor in guiding the Government of Canada’s actions throughout this initiative.

The government will identify all 25,000 refugees to come to Canada by December 31, 2015. Of those selected, the target is to have 10,000 Syrian refugees arrive in Canada by the end of this year, and the remainder to arrive by the end of February 2016.

We will ensure we are prepared to welcome these refugees properly in our communities, by continuing to work with provincial, territorial, municipal, and other partners. This timeframe will also allow for the completion of the immigration process overseas.

It is important that Canada respond and demonstrate clear action. To meet this commitment, the government will work with the governments of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, along with international and Canadian partners.

Canada will be working closely with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to identify registered Syrian refugees who can be resettled. Canada’s focus will be on identifying vulnerable refugees who are a lower security risk. Robust health and security screening will be completed overseas. This will include the collection of biographic information and biometric screening of all refugees, verified against databases.

The government also has several thousand applications in processing for privately sponsored refugees (PSRs) under way, and these will be included as part of the commitment. The majority of these will be finalized in the coming weeks. These refugees will be admitted into Canada, in either Montreal or Toronto, and then continue directly on to their destination community.

Resettling 25,000 refugees to Canada is a national effort that will require significant coordination and support. The Government of Canada is working with other orders of government, non-governmental organizations, partners and Canadians across the country to help ensure successful integration of Syrian refugees into their new host communities, where they will begin to build their new lives in Canada.

The government’s commitment to bringing in Syrian refugees will continue in 2016. Given the current initiative includes privately sponsored refugees, this will include taking in more government-assisted refugees (GARs) to reach a total target of 25,000 GARs.

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, Canada has contributed more than $800 million to support stabilization efforts, provide development assistance, contribute to humanitarian efforts, and enhance security.

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“We are a nation of diverse people – with roots in every part of the globe – living peacefully together. It is part of what makes us Canadian, and it is a strength that must be reflected in the way we approach the world. As countries like Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey are hosting ever-increasing numbers of refugees, the government will work with Canadians, non-governmental organizations, private sponsors, provinces, territories, and local governments to welcome these refugees and give them an opportunity to build a new life for themselves, free from conflict.”

- Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

"Canada has fostered a long and proud tradition of humanitarian leadership on the global stage. Canadians have always done what we can, when and where we can. We are ready to welcome these people who have suffered so much, with a plan that will both address the health of refugees while continuing to protect and maintain the good health of all Canadians."

- Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health and Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees

“We have a responsibility to significantly expand our refugee targets and give more victims of war a safe haven in Canada. The resettling of vulnerable refugees is a clear demonstration of this. While our plan is ambitious, it reflects Canada’s commitment to share responsibility and offer protection to those who need it. Canada must once again be regarded as the compassionate, generous country we’ve always been.”

- Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“Canadians can and must do more to help Syrian refugees who are desperately seeking safety. This is about showing leadership and doing what is right as Canadians and we are doing the right thing by immediately helping 25,000 Syrian refugees. Canada will make a difference, and we encourage all Canadians to do what they can to help.”

- Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“Across the country, Canadians have been saying that we should do more to help Syrian refugees. We must do more and we are. All Canadians will need to join together in welcoming and lending their support to this community in need.”

- Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick facts

  • There are more than four million Syrian refugees.
  • The 25,000 refugees to be settled, including privately sponsored refugees (PSRs) and government-assisted refugees (GARs), are in addition to the 3,089 Syrian refugees who have already arrived in Canada from January 1, 2014, to November 3, 2015.
  • The Government of Canada will invest up to $678 million over six years toward expediting the resettlement and ensuring integration support for these Syrian refugees.
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This just in.

Justin lied. No 25000 by end of year

Under delivered, over promised. Didn't know, or just incompetence.

Here comes the spin. Our unqualified PM doesn't know what he's doing.

Or just another federal government project with a late completion date?

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I'm watching Philpott on one channel, Mcallum on another, yet a professional spinner on another. All are saying what Junior refuses. These are HIS people.

Where is he in all this? He couldn't take his face off the TV when announcing this great migration, yet is nowhere to publicly admit he had no clue how his plan could be implemented, even though most Canadians not in the business of people moving AND ALL that are, knew this couldn't work and were telling him this over a month ago.

February is going to be a missed target as well as Philpott says no planes, or boats have, as yet, been chartered. Not one.

Math is hard.

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Interesting quote from the Minister:

How will the refugees get here?

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the military is prepared to “support” chartered air flights, if needed, with Royal Air Force flights “every 48 hours.”

McCallum told Power Play he expects most will come on “leased planes – not Air Canada,” but he added “this could change.”

I wonder where the "Leased Aircraft" will come from? Do Canadian Carriers have that much "free space" in Jan / Feb or will we see foreign charters?

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He never consulted the experts in the first place. He ran his inexperienced mouth off spouting whatever fantasy crossed his mind and even when called on it continued to try not to look stupid.

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WOW. SPIN? I see more spin on here than anywhere else. They had an ambitious plan and the overall circumstances changed with the Paris Attack which meant it was prudent to extend the deadline to ensure proper screening could be completed. Get over it. He is still doing EXACTLY what he was going to do just taking 60 days longer to do it. What is the big @#$%^&* deal?

As for the transportation did AC not offer up aircraft to transport the refugees? What happened to that offer?

Whatever happens, these refugees are on their way and Good on the Liberal for making it happen.

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This just in.

Justin lied. No 25000 by end of year

Under delivered, over promised. Didn't know, or just incompetence.

Here comes the spin. Our unqualified PM doesn't know what he's doing.

Yes, yes. When he was still targeting 25,000 everybody was yelling that it was too many, too fast, and we couldn't possibly do proper background checks on so many people in that time. Now that he's slowed down the pace a bit he's a liar and incompetent. Too many people will complain no matter what a government does if it's not the one they voted for.

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he's a liar and incompetent.

Well. he is a Lieberal.

The people around him that dreamed up this fiasco just needed to phrase it as "25,000 refugees in the first 6 months" and they would have been OK.

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bunk dweller: I do suggest his idea was not very well thought out and simply tossed out as an election promise. I hope some of his other promises were the result of more thought.

Regarding the refugees: There seems to be a shortage of Large Aircraft this season at least at Sunwing and AirTransat who have gone to a carrier from Europe for aircraft. You do therefore have to wonder where the aircraft will come from to bring in the wave of refugees.​

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It'll be American lift Malcolm.

Here's a well written, thoughtful and relative to this industry letter written by a man from Alberta.

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November 16, 2015

To the Honorable Justin Trudeau, Members of Parliament, and Provincial Premiers:

Will We Learn Nothing From Paris?

I am a proud Canadian, and proud of our heritage of being a true global leader in Humanitarian efforts. Given the events of recent years and more importantly the recent week, however, I believe prudence requires a pause in our assistance package for Syrian refugees, and indeed all refugees and asylum seekers. I say this not in a tone of political partisanship, but one of Citizenship. Any Parliament, be it Liberal, Conservative, or NDP has as its first mandate the protection of our country and its citizens. This must take precedence over all other considerations and activities.

As a Retired Firefighter/Fire Officer of the City of Calgary, I have an experience I believe is timely and valuable. In my final assignment at the end of my career, I asked for and received a transfer to work on the Airport Crash Rescue Unit at the Calgary International Airport. A requirement for all staff working at the Airport is to undergo a police background check. In between the time the background check is initiated, and the time it is competed, an employee must be accompanied by another employee who has the appropriate screening and credentials. I can’t remember precisely how long it took for the RCMP to conduct my check, but it was several months. Bear in mind that this is for a person who was born in Calgary; completed primary, secondary and post-secondary education in Calgary/Lethbridge; had passed a security clearance to gain employment as a Calgary Firefighter, and had worked in this civic institution for 18 years at the time. I had also been vetted by the Provincial Government’s Lieutenant Governor Norman (Normie) Kwong to sit as a long-term member of the Alberta Labour Relations Board. In short, it would not be difficult to find information on me. I was also required to be finger printed as part of the process.

When the day arrived and I was notified that I had passed the security clearance, I was escorted to the terminal building by a colleague to pick up my coveted airport pass. While in the waiting room, I met and visited with what seemed to be a very nice man of Arab descent, who if memory served was from Jordan. During our discussion, he indicated that his pass had only taken two weeks to get, as opposed to the months mine had taken. He left after receiving his pass, and so when my turn came I asked the RCMP Sargent why on earth it would take so long for me to acquire a clearance when this person who indicated he was a recent arrival to Canada received his in two weeks or less. The answer I received haunts me to this day.

The answer: “We can’t really do that much of a search on these people. They often arrive without even a passport or Birth Certificate, and unless they appear on an INTERPOL watch list, we generally let them pass. Often the police departments from these fractured countries are unable or unwilling to provide information or detailed data, and we simply have to go with what we can learn. We also make sure they have no criminal record while in Canada, which for many of these folks is a very short period of time”…….or words to that effect.

In the couple of years I spent at the airport, I never stopped thinking about that. These people were everywhere: loading aircraft luggage, cleaning the airport with access to virtually all areas right up to the jet ways, acting as security guards and everything in between. It was then and there that I realized that the issue of security was truly an illusion in our country. I do not say these things lightly. I represented Calgary and its 1500 members as the President of the Calgary Firefighter’s Association in New York in 2002 at the 911 Memorial which was attended by 77,000 firefighters from all over the world. The hole at ground zero was still a testament a year later as to the impact of what can happen when a country lets its guard down.

So my questions to the Current Government and to the two opposition parties, and to our provincial leaders, in light of the recent events in France are:

1. “Who are the refugees”? How can you possibly screen 25,000 people adequately in such a short period of time to ensure that none of these people pose a threat to me and my country?

2. What specific process(es) is/are engaged to determine the identity of who these people are?

3. What agency is tasked with performing the background checks, and has the capacity to conduct appropriate checks on what amounts mathematically to about 800 people per day if they are all to arrive by Christmas. I note that in the U.S.A., the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson admitted that “we don’t know a whole lot about these people” and that we have “no real protocol for screening refugees” – My guess and fear is if they can’t do it between the DHS, FBI, and CIA, there is no reasonable hope that Canada can possibly have any credible system. I believe Canadian citizens are entitled to know this. I would commend to you the words of Governor Greg Abbot of Texas who today said: “Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees — any one of whom could be connected to terrorism — being resettled in Texas.” That seems like a very reasoned approach at the moment.

4. Bill C-45 (2003), which became an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada after the Westray Mine accident, allowed the courts to find officers of corporations criminally negligent if their actions either willfully or by gross negligence contribute to the preventable death of an employee. Does this legislation reach to the political elite if, in the future, an innocent citizen is harmed or killed by a refugee because the sitting government failed to properly screen them? If not, we need to amend it. As I read the Act, Clause 1(1) extends the reach of Bill C-45 to “all organizations”…..which I assume includes political parties. Would you concur with this view?

5. What is the projected, long-term cost per refugee and what current, existing benefits will suffer because of this for existing citizens?

6. What is the demographic make-up of the refugees being allowed into the country? What percentage are women, children, married men accompanying a family, and single men?

7. Will refugees be required to undergo a polygraph test, be finger printed, and be drug tested as is required of several types of employment for Canadian Citizens such as the Clagary Fire Department?

8. Will Refugees be screened for infectious diseases including TB, HIV, hepatitis, leishmaniosis, meningitis, and the host of other physiological problems which have been identified with these disadvantaged people?

9. Why are neighboring, wealthy countries of Syria with similar cultures such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait not accepting ANY refugees?

10. There are reportedly 19 million refugees globally from places as diverse as Libya to Myanmar. Are we to take them all? In the case of Syria, is it not better to spend our money pushing for a UN peacekeeping force to be deployed and contributing our resources in that fashion so that these people can have the opportunity to stay put and rebuild their own country? How we managed the war in Cyprus comes to mind. Is that not the road we should be following instead of pretending that we are blind to what the USA and Russia are doing there?

11. Terror attacks appear to be occurring in random places with high civilian populations with little if any police or military presence. I have never been that concerned with gun restrictions, however like our brothers and sisters in France; we Canadians live a country with severe gun restrictions. Can you comment on how Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms squares with my inability to carry or possess (without significant restrictions) a weapon for self-defence? Put another way, how can I possibly have the right to Security of Person where I don’t have a reasonable ability of self defense? Do you intend on travelling anywhere (inside or outside of the country) without armed guards? While you will no doubt have me look to the south (USA) for reasons not to re-consider this, I would point you east, to Switzerland, which is one of the most heavily armed, yet peaceful nations on earth.

In all of this, I am not suggesting that as a nation we turn a blind eye to those in need. We do have an enviable reputation in the wold that each of us is proud of. Having said that, we unfortunately live in an ever-changing world. For all of the forgoing reasons, I would ask that the sitting government halt the refugee program until it can be demonstrated to all Canadians that every single refugee being allowed access to our country, and being offered benefits that most of us have worked a lifetime to fund, have been thoroughly vetted. I would also argue that it is time to re-open the debate on gun legislation from a constitutional perspective. We don’t have a “second amendment” as our U.S. brothers, but without the right to meaningful self-protection, the Canadian Charter guarantee of “Security of Person” is starting to ring very hollow.

In closing, are we going to learn anything from Paris? While social media is replete with people stating “we are Paris”, my suggestion is we make immediate alterations to the issues noted above, before that Facebook slogan changes from an echo of support to a prophesy.

Respectfully,

D. S. (Scott) Wilcox

Cold lake, Ab."

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He never consulted the experts in the first place. He ran his inexperienced mouth off spouting whatever fantasy crossed his mind and even when called on it continued to try not to look stupid.

You have some catching up to do. Access to departmental experts was all but impossible under the Harper government, even for opposition parties. Access to his spin doctors was wide open though.

BTW, if you think your guy lost because of a December deadline, you've missed the point completely.

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Hi Defcon

That is a very well written and well thought out letter. I remember, going through the whole process and screening required to get an airport pass and then going through the whole security process to get to the aircraft. I remember then observing a cleaner, (with no disrepect meant for cleaners as we all have our role to play), with a cart with two huge canvass bags putting his card up to a detector and then going into the secure area without anyone checking him at all. Those bags were large enough to actually smuggle people into the secure area with any weapon you'd like to name. I agree that our security is a sham and that it is simply a make work project that is out of control. Frankly Osam bin Laden achieved more than he could possibly have hoped for.

However, that is a different issue.

Yes, I agree that there is a risk involved in bringing refugees into the country. But I contend that there is also a risk in not doing it. Long term the only solution to the problem of terrorism is to see people reject violence as a way of life and embrace a life based on “The Golden Rule”. By rejecting refugees and other forms of aid to these people we are demonstrating at a base level that we are in the end no different than those that they are trying to escape from. I do agree that hearts won't be changed over night and that it is a multi-generation solution but it has to start somewhere.

There is often a risk in doing the right thing. I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in Canada but most of the world is not equally fortunate. I suggest that as a country we should take on this risk and treat these poor unfortunates in the manner that we would like to be treated if we were in their position. Absolutely we should do all we can to minimize the risk but in the end it still should be about doing the right thing.

Cheers

Greg

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I too agree that our airport security screening must be changed but like GDR that has nothing to do with our plan to bring in the refugees.

Re airport screening, while volunteering at the airport (with airside access) going through security was a P.I.A. , even after the retina scan if then subjected to the spot check, it was remove the hat, take all items from your pockets etc, while at the same time a clearer was pushing a cart of cleaning supplies through with no check at all.

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A sad irony; the Metrojet pilots and FA's underwent all the required checks to allow them to work etc., but the system failed them, just as it can anywhere else in the world because governments are more concerned with perception, with being seen to be nice, fair and the like a heck of a lot more than they are about actual security.

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Greg

I'm with you completely in respect of the golden rule, but I believe we're falling way short as a society when we consider the issues surrounding inclusion. Personally, I take the position that ALL new comers should be accepted based on the needs and best interest of the Country, versus those of the new arrival.

With so many migrants / refugees to choose from, I'd like to think my Country's selection process / criteria would favour candidates that are best suited to Canadian life and capable of 'integration' into Canadian society with a minimal amount of fuss. In practice we should have learned by now that people that arrive here absent any social graces, work related skills, education, training, experience, language skills, or even the intelligence to operate at even the most basic levels just won't make for a good result, but yet they get in?

Let's look at the issue from a different perspective for a moment; if the civilized world is to survive and move forward, I think it's actually more important to the objective for the Muslim faith to get in touch with said rule, or risk the ultimate extermination / extinction of their culture.

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Greg

I'm with you completely in respect of the golden rule, but I believe we're falling way short as a society when we consider the issues surrounding inclusion. Personally, I take the position that ALL new comers should be accepted based on the needs and best interest of the Country, versus those of the new arrival.

With so many migrants / refugees to choose from, I'd like to think my Country's selection process / criteria would favour candidates that are best suited to Canadian life and capable of 'integration' into Canadian society with a minimal amount of fuss. In practice we should have learned by now that people that arrive here absent any social graces, work related skills, education, training, experience, language skills, or even the intelligence to operate at even the most basic levels just won't make for a good result, but yet they get in?

Let's look at the issue from a different perspective for a moment; if the civilized world is to survive and move forward, I think it's actually more important to the objective for the Muslim faith to get in touch with said rule, or risk the ultimate extermination / extinction of their culture.

Hi Defcon

If you are talking about immigrants then I would agree. We aren't though, we are talking about refugees and let's face it, refugees just aren't going to have the education or skills to immediately fit in. It will take effort. The church group that I am involved with are not just about providing money. That is the easy part. The more difficult part will be to see that they have the opportunity to gain the skills so that they can prosper and become an asset to the community.

I think in some ways it is comparable to the concept of dealing with Canadian born children who have grown up in abusive homes. These people have grown up in an abusive society. It will take love, patience, tolerance and maybe even sometimes forgiveness to demonstrate that life doesn't have to be like that. They are going to have to learn life skills and at the same time learn that there is a better way than just that "might makes right", which takes us back to The Golden Rule.

Cheers

Greg

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When in doubt, ask Rick Mercer.

Well, OK, except these refugees aren't in the water, they are safe in a refugee camp, where they have been for quite some time.

He did get one thing correct, "do it right", although his right and my right might differ somewhat.

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Hi Greg

In the present circumstances, although I appreciate human kindness, I would prefer that Canada favour the CYA principle over the ‘golden rule’ and be considerately selective in its choices.

There are loads of people that possess first hand experience with Islam such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and they ALL warn of the dangers inherent with the acceptance of Islam into western society; they are the experts. Even so, some here in the west would claim to know better?

I take reasonable & intelligent people like Ayaan at their word and heed their timely warning. Personally, I respect the predictions and promises of the cavemen running the 1600 year old military arm of the faith every bit as much as I do Ayaan’s and a whole lot more than those that flow from the wishful, but misguided western politician.

Refugees are supposed to be ‘fleeing’ something that’s destroying their lives, but instead of distancing themselves from that evil force, probably because they’re too close to the fire to make the association, they’re unwittingly bringing the seeds of their despair into this Country with them? Someone posted a link to the definition of the Hegira, but little attention was given to that factual revelation either?

The vast majority place Islam above everything earthly and remain immoveable in their dedication to the faith. How then can we expect said Muslim to ever become a solid Canadian?

Back at mid month a poorly considered statement was made on this Board that claimed; “There's a reason why these attacks take place in France. Muslims in France have been suppressed, discriminated against, ghettoized and denied jobs and education just based on their religion and origin for decades. France is one of two countries (along with Belgium) that outlaws the burqa.

Frustration and desperation lead to hatred toward "captors" and worse. Those who demonize and marginalize muslims will have their prophesies about attacks by muslims come true if we all blindly follow the line of hatred”

Islam has absolutely zero interest in sharing anything with the rest of the world, they seek to dominate totally and make no secret of it. It is they who isolate themselves from the rest of whatever society they’re in and then complain they’re not getting what they want / need. Western welfare policies encourage the ghettoization and sharia patrols enforce the dogma of the faith, which too makes the Muslim a captive wherever he is regardless of how devout he may, or may not be. The only fault of the French isn’t a fault, it’s an expectation for new arrivals to take advantage of their new surroundings and make a new life for themselves with a minimal amount of involvement / help from the State.

I also have to say; the West has and continues to provide any sane Muslim that comes our way with every opportunity for a better life. That so many choose to ignore said opportunity and immerse themselves in the furtherance of the objectives of the Hegira and free stuff is concerning, but it’s even worse when supposedly intelligent people advance illegitimate appreciations for the potential of Islam and what is ailing it.

I feel the golden rule will destroy the modern world if it’s followed without reservation. If I am the product of a God, he made me knowing full well that I could never turn the other cheek when I’m being kicked. After forty years of the former Trudeau’s multicultural dream I think it’s fair to note that it has gone fairly well in every respect until religious issues are considered. In that regard, pretty much the entire civilized world is now embroiled in a nightmare brought on courtesy of the ‘one true faith’ and the misguided social planners that acted without properly considering the consequences of their wishes.

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