On Immigration, Trudeau Makes Us Proud



Today is a proud moment for Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada will take refugees rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

Already members of Canada’s high-tech industry are saying that the America First policy of the Trump administration will cost the U.S. many highly trained personnel, many of whom will come to Canada.

Video above: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on immigration.

Canada is a diverse country and is made stronger by that diversity. Trudeau’s pledge will not be without cost as refugees and immigrants adjust to our culture and laws. But morally it is the right thing to do. Ethics, not politics, not economics are the foundation of this country.

On the American side of the border, the actions of Trump are deeply concerning. The strongest nation in the world is throwing its weight around in ways that remind us of frightening times in other lands in the past.

We hope the good hearts in the United States find ways to curb Trump’s excesses. And Canada must stand strong when our turn comes to be bullied by the U.S. president.

For a young, inexperienced man, Trudeau is showing leadership beyond his years.



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19 thoughts on “On Immigration, Trudeau Makes Us Proud

  1. Oh he is being impulsive, and lacks judgment. Easy to say this on his part but will be darn hard to implement. He should also stop thumbing his nose at Trump. In doing so he will likely have to say goodbye to NAFTA. Which will cost us dearly

      1. Robert & Ken
        Of course you always stand up to bullies since they are cowards. However, this particular bully has immense powers.
        There are many ways to ‘stand up’ and some sound, thought-out diplomacy by the PM would be a welcome change.

        1. If you’re standing up to bullying, it shouldn’t matter who the bully is or what they will do to you. Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do regardless of who the other side is or what power they seem to have.

  2. I think the quote about speaking softly but carrying a big stick has changed to swing a big stick and rant. Let’s hope the bully doesn’t win.

  3. Perhaps for our part a double-edged sword. NAFTA is already at risk and unless we are more vigilant in the screening process Trump maywell have concerns about who we are admitting as refugees and so will have more grounds for border security which makes trade less easy.

  4. Perhaps a trade/political union could be made to combat a bully.
    Canada, California, New York and Mexico have a combined population of about 225 million.
    That would make a pretty strong freedom bloc.

    1. I posted about Canada, California, New York and Mexico on Jan. 29.

      In Bulldog Canadian, Jan. 31 there is an article about a phone call between Canada and Mexico which happened yesterday Jan. 30.

      If we read about further calls to California and New York, then we’ll know how far The Bulldog’s reach is.

      This happens quite a bit. An issue is discussed on The Bulldog and a few days later the same issue is headlines.

      Coincidence or …?


        1. Ken,
          You have no idea Ken of your reach or influence. I’ve observed the same thing as Chaz.
          Coincidence? I think not.

          1. The Voter:

            This is very kind of you to say but I think we talk of the major issues of the day and so do other places.

            Thus a correlation between The Bulldog’s influence and shaping opinion I think is tenuous.

            That said, I’d love to be wrong. lol



          2. I did mean to say “You have no ken …”, “ken” with a small ‘k’ meaning “understanding”. Although your edited version has the same meaning, it’s not as clever. :-)

  5. Bulldog said: Ethics, not politics, not economics are the foundation of this country. Huh. Read some history.
    Confederation was all about politics. As was bilingualism.
    Ethics? Consider the plight of the aboriginals in Canada.
    Ethics? Consider the refusal to accept refugees during WW2.. Consider as well the quotas imposed on Jewish entrants to places like McGill during the early part of the last century.
    Economics? We built a branch plant economy. No truck nor trade with the Yankees.

    1. Robert:

      My undergrad is history so I’ve read some but thank you for the advice.

      I can’t respond to all the faults of Canada, let alone myself.

      But on a world scale, we’re doing fine.



    2. Robert,
      Of course we have a checked past but, for the most part we have learned from our past. Canada as a nation has tried to accommodate bilingualism , we have made apologies to Canada’s First Nations and are trying to do better in the present. Canada apologized to Japanese Canadians for what we did during WWII., we try to recognize and we have apologized for our past errors with immigration policies.

      We ain’t perfect but the politics of fear and exclusion isn’t a policy for Canada 2017 and let’s hope it never is again.

    3. Yes, we’ve made mistakes – what country or society hasn’t?
      Canada also has a good record across the world as an advanced country which makes a positive difference in the world as both a peacekeeper and a provider of humanitarian support. That’s where our principles and ethics shine through.

  6. This may not be under your control, but the ad that shows (at least to me) on this is for Kellie Leitch, who certainly doesn’t agree with your apparent position on immigrants. Do you have to take her money?

  7. To be clear, he said Canada welcomes refugees and embraces diversity, but didn’t say anything about those rejected by Trump’s executive order.

    Nonetheless, the statement did show leadership, especially when compared to British PM’s reaction which was heavily criticized.


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