Refugee screenings shouldn't be guided by political correctness

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

By: Candice Malcolm

The Trudeau government is putting political correctness ahead of our public safety and national security.

The latest example comes through an RCMP questionnaire that was used to screen migrants who illegally crossed into Quebec.

Quebec RCMP would use the questionnaire to pose basic questions to these illegal migrants, like where they’re from, why they’re leaving the U.S. and why they’re crossing illegally.

The 41-question document also delved into national security questions, meant to screen for radicalization and potential terrorism – including questions about a person’s values and worldview.

For instance, one question describes life in Canada and asks whether the illegal migrant will accept prevailing Canadian values.

“Canada is a very liberal country that believes in freedom of religious practice and equality between men and women,” the document reads. “What is your opinion on this subject? How would you feel if your boss was a woman? How do you feel about women who do not wear the Hijab?”

The first part of this question could have been written by Trudeau himself, who is an ardent feminist and loves to boast about Canada’s liberal bona fides.

But apparently, when it comes to asking potential refugees about their values and whether they align, Trudeau’s government got spooked.

When the Toronto Star obtained a copy of the questionnaire, and raised concerns with Trudeau’s Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, the government quickly scrapped the program.

“The minute we became aware of the interview guide, we were immediately concerned and contacted the RCMP,” said Goodale’s spokesman. “Some of the questions were inappropriate and inconsistent with government policy.”

Apparently, it’s inconsistent with Trudeau’s feminist policy to ask newcomers if they respect the equality of women and men.

And, apparently, it’s inappropriate for Canada’s law enforcement officials to screen illegal migrants for signs of radicalization and potential terrorism.

The Toronto Star report complained that the questionnaire unfairly profiled for religion, and specifically targeted Muslims.

This is absurd. First, the survey doesn’t mention any religion or faith. It does mention terrorist groups, including the Islamic State, as well as Arabic-language description of clothing required in Islamist theocracies, such as a niqab and a burka.

But that’s not the same thing as targeting all Muslims.

Second, the questionnaire is designed to screen for signs of radicalization, including those who may be supportive of the Islamic State or sympathetic to terrorism.

Far from what the Star proclaims, this is profiling for a small subset of Muslims who believe in violent jihad and totalitarian Islamism.

Smart policing, particularly amid a chaotic refugee crisis and a surge in Islamist terrorist attacks across the West, is vital in protecting our national security. Basic questions about values and worldview can go a long way in revealing information about the illegal migrant’s background and their ideology.

And while this RCMP questionnaire was far from perfect, the initiative is a sign that counter-terrorism experts in the RCMP are aware of the threat and committed to stopping Islamists from sneaking into Canada.

Or, at least they were, until the social justice warriors at the Star exposed this common-sense strategy and the Trudeau Liberals abandoned it.

In the clash of values between Trudeau’s love for liberal feminism and his insistence that “diversity is our strength,” it looks like multiculturalism trumps liberalism.

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