Earlier in 2017, I published an article arguing that by not solving asylum problems at the root, we risk harming refugees, the Canadian pocketbook, and ultimately create a system which lacks the real care required to handle this kind of complex issue.
I broke down that the 40,000 refugees Canada had welcomed at that time would cost the country nearly $413,568,000 per year in social assistance. This is a problem in the long-term, as many individuals would likely remain without a job for an extended period of time due to trauma and a lack of skills.
Refugees are being forced into long-term welfare poverty
Even today refugees in Canada continue to face difficulty finding jobs, with those sponsored by the government doing far worse.
At that time, I also argued that Canada had no plan, and as a result, was trapping thousands into a terrible state of long-term welfare poverty due to its lack of a plan, while patting itself on the back.
Sadly today, almost all of those same problems exist and are exacerbated by continued inaction and 1984 style rhetoric put forward by the Trudeau government.
At first, the feds attempted to hide the real severity of the problem in the public by continuously branding anyone who questioned the lacking roadmap for moving forward as a racist.
The federal government is evading responsibility for the situation
Now after admitting in private to the real dangers of overwhelming our already fragile asylum system, the feds seem bizarrely unwilling to fork over the cash that is desperately needed.
The Quebec government asks for $149 million, the Trudeau government offers $36 million.
The Ontario government asks for $200 million, the Trudeau government offers $11 million
While offering so little to help alleviate the already over-filled homeless shelters of Toronto, the rhetoric from the Liberals takes a decidedly holier than thou approach.
For example, while stating the following about the opposition which has no actual power when it comes to helping refugees, the Trudeau government allowed wait times for asylum cases to be processed to skyrocket.
Trudeau casts blames on Conservatives claiming they are playing “politics of fear”
“I think one of the things that we’ve seen, in terms of what conservatives have been saying, is that they are playing not just here in Canada, but around the world, a very dangerous game around the politics of fear, the politics of division, of pitting Canadians against each other, and, raising the kinds of anxieties that, quite frankly, don’t help solve problems but actually hinder them”.
This extension creates a system in which individuals who do not qualify for asylum status clog the courts for extended periods of time.
The Trudeau government event went as far as to state: “When you’re playing up divisions and fear, you’re playing a very dangerous, short-term game,”
I suppose the long-term play, for the Trudeau government, might be bringing over thousands through poorly timed Tweets (something it seems the Trudeau government can’t stop doing) while leaving them in an awkward state of welfare supported poverty, all at the expense of the Canadian taxpayer.
The current plan isn’t working, we need to reconsider
It is truly sad that a full year later it seems Canada has chosen to continue down the path of no clear action, maximum trauma, and ever-growing bills.
Something that in reality is simply not needed. Canada is a nation with a GDP equal Russia but only one fourth the population. We have the capacity and wealth to greatly help on the global stage through real action rather than this mess of a plan.
We could have taken a stronger stance against Bashar Al-Assad or ISIS, and adequately funded refugee camps surrounding those regions but chose not to.
Instead, we continue to bring thousands of individuals over with no real plan on how to adequately help them adapt.
With a majority of Canadians now disagreeing with the Prime Minister’s approach, it is perhaps time we began to admit that the current plan is not working. We need something different.
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