Tuesday, March 01, 2016
The Syrian Refugees and the Miserable Michelle Rempel
Well the 25,000th Syrian refugee has arrived in Canada. I couldn't be happier or prouder.
And I thought John McCallum was right to say that despite some delays in getting them all here, and problems finding them permanent housing, it is something to celebrate.
“Many countries … are making it more difficult for refugees to come in,” he said. “We’re among the few countries saying, ‘No, come on in.’”
But don't expect Michelle Rempel, the Con's shadow minister for refugees, to join the celebration.
Because there she was the other day on CPAC calling the achievement a miserable failure.
And claiming that the refugees had only exchanged one refugee camp for another.
Even though she never treated those desperate refugees like people, or even numbers.
She always treated them like a deadly threat...
She did all she could to make sure they never got here.
And whatever that ghastly Con says now, the arrival of all those refugees is something to celebrate.
Justin Trudeau was right to challenge us to bring in so many so quickly...
And we should also be celebrating the way so many Canadians greeted them with open arms.
Like the dentist in Kingston, Ontario, who stepped forward to help this little girl...
By ending her pain.
Or the family in P.E.I. who gave up their holiday money to help welcome them to Canada's smallest province.
Or the people in Coquitlam, B.C. who worked so hard to furnish an apartment...
So a refugee family could finally have a place to call home.
And what must really be bothering Rempel, is that those stories and so many others are a testament to our Canadian values.
This past weekend, Canada welcomed its 25,000th refugee as the country opened its door to families displaced by the Syrian civil war. It’s a remarkable achievement and a testament to core Canadian values that should be recognized and celebrated.
The hundreds of communities and thousands of individual Canadians who have stepped forward to sponsor and welcome refugees are further proof that as a society we are prepared to “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk” of openness and generosity.
The values that Rempel and her depraved leader Stephen Harper tried so hard to kill...
So while we do have a lot of work ahead of us to make sure that all those refugees feel not just safe, but happy in their new country.
Let's take some time to celebrate them AND ourselves.
And give thanks that we defeated those miserable Con bastards.
And that our precious Canadian values are still alive...