Local Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan, far right, speaks with Canadian Armed Forces members along with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen during a visit to temporary accommodations set up in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., for the influx of asylum seekers crossing from the United States, on Aug. 21, 2017. Photograph courtesy of Gabriel St-Hilaire
As a democratic society, we should be debating this issue. But the talk should be about safely welcoming and successfully integrating these newcomers, not whether Canada should welcome them at all.
Is Canada under siege from asylum seekers? Far from it. Canada is by nature a welcoming country. While it has been experiencing an influx of asylum seekers this past year, this increase must not be viewed as a crisis because it is neither unprecedented in Canada nor relatively substantial when compared to its European allies and developing countries. Canada has mostly been spared the effects of the global crisis of forced migration and displaced persons caused by war