We hear about refugees needing safe harbor from the dangers of living in a war torn and terror stricken area. But maybe not all of them are experiencing this...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promoted his refugee resettlement program as more than the welcome Europeans have been told to extend to Syrian refugees, but rather as a means of rescuing people suffering under the most dire of conditions and facing danger in squalid camps, assuring the Canadian people that they were providing humanitarian aid to the “most vulnerable” whose situation justified an accelerated immigration process.

Now, as approximately 21,000 of a so far indeterminate number of refugees Trudeau intends to accept into Canada, have arrived with little, if any screening, testimony before the Public Safety Committee of the House of Commons revealed that virtually none have come from the camps.

Suspicions about Trudeau’s program had arisen early when refugee resettlement proved to be progressing slowly while the intended beneficiaries needed time to quit jobs, break apartment leases and dispose of furnishings, sell cars and generally close down their lives before leaving for Canada.

Clearly these were not refugees living in dangerous and deplorable conditions in camps, the “most vulnerable” as Trudeau referred to them, but the government explained these were better educated, employed Syrians who lived in apartments and had jobs whose immigration was being privately sponsored.

Still, questions persisted as Trudeau stressed the need to expedite the resettlement process without adequate screening procedures in place and speculation arose that he was using the situation in the Middle East as a sort of vanity project and a method of creating future constituents.

The prime minister had already drawn criticism for his decision not to extend the policy of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper prioritizing religious minorities and victims of persecutions such as Yazidis, Egyptian Coptic Christians, Kurds, Chaldean and Assyrian Christians from Syria and Iraq who are facing genocide.

Martin Bolduc, Vice-President of the Canada Border Services Agency, told the committee, “Almost none of them, very, very few of them lived in camps.”

Conservative Member of Parliament Erin O’Toole calls the program a ploy by the Liberal government to delay requests by the Public Safety Committee for immediate studies of the Syrian refugee security screening process and the dangers of the radicalization process, saying it is “concerning.”

The massive project has received little scrutiny by the media or the opposition party and media sources report that requests for access to records have been met with silence and indications that information may take over a year to be released.

 

 

 

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