(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has once again taken to social media to proclaim that Canada’s borders are open to any and all who want to come here.
Using the Prime Minister’s official government Twitter account – supposedly run by impartial civil servants in the PCO – the following message was posted on Thursday morning, quoting Trudeau:
"Regardless of who you are or where you come from, there’s always a place for you in Canada.
It sounds like a cheesy lyric from a ‘90’s pop song, not the official public message from our top government official.
Unfortunately, the message is flat out wrong.
Despite what our Prime Minister may believe, Canada has actual laws and standards for immigration. In fact, we have some of the toughest rules and requirements in the Western world.
While most European countries and the U.S. are focused primarily on family reunification, Canada’s immigration program is geared towards economic categories. In most cases, you need skills and even a job offer before you can set foot in Canada.
Canada also has hard and set rules on inadmissibility, set out in Sections 34 to 37 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
A person is automatically disqualified from coming to Canada, for instance, if they have been a member of a terrorist organization or have been convicted of a serious crime, including espionage and war crimes.
In other words, a person’s past – who they are and where they’re from – does matter. It matters a lot.
You could go so far as to say that when it comes to immigrating to Canada, who you are and where you’re from are the only things that matter. There is no room in Canada for serious criminals, terrorists, spies and war criminals.
Trudeau’s incorrect and misleading message raises serious questions about our government.
Has the Prime Minister of Canada been briefed on Sections 34 to 37 of IRPA? Is he familiar with Canada’s rules on immigration and admissibility?
Did the non-partisan bureaucrats in PCO and the Department of Immigration approve this message, which may reach millions around the world?
Or, conversely, is the Trudeau government looking to make changes to IRPA? Do they plan to suspend Sections 34 to 37 in IPRA, to reflect the Prime Minister's message of open borders?
Over the past several months, we’ve witnessed an unprecedented swell in illegal immigration to Canada. What is driving this surge?
In an interview with the Vancouver Sun, an Afghan man who illegally crossed into Canada from Washington State said he came because of Trudeau’s Twitter messages.
“When I heard that the Canadian prime minister announced refugees are most welcome… it really helped me a lot,” he said.
He read Trudeau’s message...(READ MORE)