The NDP wants a “sanctuary province” – is that really a good idea?

People that pay no taxes could get healthcare, welfare, send their kids to school. Soon it would mean getting drivers licenses and any other service that requires the rest of us to be citizens or permanent residents.

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RCMP officers help a family of asylum claimants as they cross the border into Canada from the United States, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, near Hemmingford, Quebec. A growing number of people have been walking across the border into Canada to claim refugee status. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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I was recently browsing Brian Lilley’s website and stumbled on a fascinating article he had written back in April that is even more important today.

In it, he discusses the NDP’s plan to turn Ontario into a sanctuary province with their policies which “would simply allow people to access health, police and social services without disclosing their immigration status. So people that pay no taxes could get healthcare, welfare, send their kids to school. Soon it would mean getting drivers licenses and any other service that requires the rest of us to be citizens or permanent residents.”

Now while these consequences are significant, I will be covering other aspects.

Specifically, I want to focus on why the goals of the NDP and other sanctuary city proponents, as laudable as they are, may be misplaced in bad data and rhetoric.

I’d like to acknowledge what the NDP aims to do is good in theory, but terrible in reality.

These politicians and their supporters imagine seeing a group of desperate people who have crossed the border, who now live peacefully in their community, and are in desperate need of aid.

What is the problem with this?

The federal government told Canadians that 90% of Haitians who came did not qualify as refugees, while recent waves hover around 50%.

These non-refugees bring with them serious problems.

Firstly, they drain national resources when they are not actually refugees, and second, they provide administrative cover for dangerous individuals to get into Canada, while our security forces, which lacks resources, struggle to keep up with the large numbers of new arrivals.

Already the federal government has warned Canadian police services “violent” gangs known for cutting off the heads of victims are attempting to sneak across U.S.-Canada border points to avoid President Donald Trump’s changing immigration policy.

While danger and gangs are a severe problem, there is also a genuine moral and financial arguments for why these policies should not go forward.

Canada will already let in 300,000 immigrants, and 40,000 refugees through legal channels this year.

To all of these people who have waited in line, sanctuary cities indeed make no sense.

On top of this why wait extended periods of time to immigrate to Canada when economic migrants are bypassing the process entirely?

The politicians are likely not thinking about any of this.

Instead, they are focusing on continuously gaining votes by seeming more friendly on an issue that could have serious consequences for Canada.

Why do I think this?

Primarily because 96% of the individuals who have come to Canada illegally are actually in Quebec.

The declarations of support put forward by these governments do nothing to help Quebec or the people in Quebec but make sure as heck make Andrea and the other vote desperate politicians look better.

A growing trend

The Ontario NDP is certainly not the first to think of this.

Toronto was the first city in Canada to declare itself a sanctuary city, with Toronto City Council voting 37–3 on February 22, 2013, to adopt a formal policy allowing undocumented migrants to access city services.

Hamilton, Ontario declared itself a sanctuary city in February 2014 after the Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to allow undocumented immigrants to access city-funded services such as shelters, housing, and food banks.

In response to US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13769, the city council of London, Ontario voted unanimously to declare London a sanctuary city in January 2017 with Montreal doing the same in February 2017 after a unanimous vote.


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Yanky Pollak

Yanky Pollak is a young energetic activist, with a strong voice for the community. He has been involved in multiple political campaigns and has worked very closely with many political figures. He works as a freelance photographer.

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