Sunday, September 04, 2016
The Boy On the Beach and the Death of the Con Regime
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since since the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach.
For it seems so much longer.
But although the passage of time has dulled the impact of that horrible tragedy.
What we must never forget is how that poor little toddler awakened the conscience of Canada, and helped bring down the Con regime.
For when news of the tragedy first broke, and it was known that Alan Kurdi's family had been hoping to come to Canada, the Cons tried to claim they were blameless.
Only to have it revealed that the ghastly Chris Alexander had rejected a refugee application from Alan's uncle, and by so doing set the tragedy in motion.
And when Stephen Harper tried to double down on his military solution to the refugee problem...
It only made him look like even more like a callous monster...
The wheels started to come off the Con bus...
And when Kellie Leitch and Chris Alexander unveiled their monstrous Cultural Barbarism campaign...
Canadians were disgusted and that helped seal the Con's fate.
So the death of little Alan Kurdi not only helped bring in a different kind of government and a different kind of Prime Minister...
It also helped change thousands of lives.
Syrian refugee families have been given the opportunity that Alan didn’t have to build a new life in Canada. Members of Muslim and Arab communities who have felt disenfranchised in Canada have a renewed sense of belonging. And ordinary people who rolled up their sleeves to engage in refugee issues feel a fresh pride in being Canadian.
The numbers speak for themselves...
In less than a year we have managed to bring in three times the number of refugees than the U.S. has so far accepted.
It has helped make us a better country.
And for Alan's aunt Tima Kurdi who had worked so hard to bring him and his family to Canada it has helped turn tragedy to triumph.
During a visit to Toronto on Canada Day in July, Kurdi said she was recognized and greeted everywhere by strangers. “I was at this restaurant, and the owner gave me a hug and said, ‘I’m so proud to have you in.’ Someone at a coffee shop just came up to me and said, ‘Thank you, Tima,’ ” Kurdi recalled. “Alan has changed the life of everybody.”
As it did for so many other Canadians.
Saved by their Canadian values.
And the death of a poor little boy...
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