July 11, 2013 | 5 Comments
David Suzuki is catching some well-deserved criticism for his recent comments on immigration:
Oh, I think Canada is full too! Although it’s the second largest country in the world, our useful area has been reduced. Our immigration policy is disgusting: We plunder southern countries by depriving them of future leaders, and we want to increase our population to support economic growth. It’s crazy!
Among his critics is Immigration Minister Jason Kenney:
“I speak out against anti-immigrant sentiment whether it is articulated by people on the left or the right — I don’t care,” he said in an interview with QMI Agency.
“Whether an environmentalist or otherwise, if you say that immigration is sickening, and crazy, and that this enormous country is full, I’m going to call you on it.”
Do you know how crazy it is to be subtly labeled a xenophobe by Jason Kenney?
- As Immigration Minister he has turned away hundreds of refugees who were in fear of their lives from the oppressive regimes in their home land.
- He has seen hundreds of refugees locked up once they actually made it to shore.
- He has cut health care for newly-arrived refugees.
- He has forced Muslim women to discard their face-coverings when taking the (rather meaningless) citizenship oath, and then declared,“I’m sure they’ll trump up some stupid Charter of Rights challenge. That’s democracy. They’re welcome to object.”
So, yes, it’s a weird world we live in when Jason Kenney is the champion of new Canadians.
Mr. Suzuki might be correct that Canada is “too full”. And it’s admirable that he’s worried about a brain drain from poorer countries. But his statement is built on the privilege of someone who already lives hear. There’s nothing noble about shutting the door behind you.