What on earth is happening at Roxham Road? The “irregular border crossing” in Quebec first hit the headlines in 2017, when 18,836 people crossed there into Canada from the United States and claimed refugee status. After dropping to three to four thousand people a year during the pandemic, the number of border crossers surged...READ MORE
Have the Liberals decided refugees make for bad politics?
A lot of factors have emerged since 2015. Trump is only one of them. Is the Liberal government backing away from its commitment to refugees? After campaigning on compassion, Ottawa is now facing a perfect storm of surging asylum claims, an overburdened system and political pressure. All three factors, refugee advocates say, have led...READ MORE
Harper was right: Private refugee sponsorship works better
It’s cheaper — and it gives migrants a better shot at improving their lives It was the image that first turned the tide of the 2015 election: a photograph of a little boy, washed up on a Greek beach, his face in the sand, his tiny trainers still on his feet. Overnight, the haunting...READ MORE
Are the Liberals gaming the refugee file for partisan purposes?
During the 2015 federal election, the Liberal party promised to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by December 31 of that year. The pledge offered voters a sharp contrast with the Conservatives, who were failing to meet their more modest target of 10,000 refugees over three years. In response, the Tories said they would...READ MORE