It’s time to respin the National Post.
So much so, that I’ve signed up for their 90-day free trial subscription. Mainly, I’m looking to get a stack of newsprint for lining our garden this fall for next spring.
And it’s not just because the CanWest zombie has rebranded itself as PostMedia [whatever they intend that to mean].
So last Tuesday, the editorial board of the National Post released this heap of rhetoric; it cannot stand. Here are some excerpts.
Canada has to act quickly to ensure that our valid interest in protecting genuine refugees who face real persecution at home does not leave us open to boatload upon boatload of economic migrants who should be using normal immigration channels to try to enter the country.
The assertion here is that the Tamils are economic migrants posing as actual refugees. The editorial board is free to assert this if they have some evidence and if they can answer [at the very least] all of these questions so they can demonstrate why they think the 490 are just looking for a better job. There is no evidence to support that presumption.
To this end, it’s smart that Ottawa has pledged to put more pressure on foreign governments to avoid displacing persons and creating refugees in the first place.
This is a great idea if refugee generation was a small industry with sporadic output. The UNHCR esitmates 175 million international refugees and asylum seekers, plus 25 million internally displaced people. The naivety of this tactic is like if Harper could phone up Sri Lanka and ask them to not put out the trash can in front of our driveway so we can get our car out in the morning. And through some easy tweaks the refugees would go away and simply not be our problem.
Stop displacing people? Stop creating refugees? A great idea, but no amount of pressure from Stephen Harper alone will enable that to happen.
Really, though, we’re talking about international NIMBYism. Enough of that, now.
But the truly significant changes will have to come through thorough reform of the refugee and immigration system.