Canada has no moral choice but to take refugees

"By making Syrian refugees the enemy, we are playing into (the terrorists') hands"

Canada has no moral choice but to take refugeesIf ever there was a lame excuse to turn away Syrian refugees, it is to be found in the straw man that opening our doors to desperate people will allow terrorists to sneak into our country. No question, Justin Trudeau’s pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by Jan. 1, 2016 will strain our authorities to…

Humanitarian compassion a democratic indulgence

Compassion for the suffering of others not often shared by others in the world

Humanitarian compassion a democratic indulgenceThe impact of the chaotic migration from the Middle East to Europe and beyond is more sensed than understood. How, for example, did the migrant crisis come to “dominate debate,” as a recent newspaper headline put it last week, in the Canadian election campaign? A beginning, if not the beginning, lay in U.S. President Barack…

My red lines in the sand before accepting more refugees

Wanting to limit the number of refugees to preserve your way of life doesn’t make you a bad person

My red lines in the sand before accepting more refugeesAs hundreds of thousands of migrants flood Europe’s borders, some of us will recall Jean Raspail’s apocalyptic 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints. Fiercely controversial, Raspail’s story depicts an uninvited seaborne mass migration from the Third World to Europe, landing initially on the shores of the French Riviera. Unable or unwilling to turn it…