In welcoming refugees, Trudeau trumps U.S.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wittingly or unwittingly provided a sharp contrast between his country and the one to the south when a plane load of Syrian refugees arrived overnight in Toronto.

Trudeau was there to greet them.

“Welcome to your new home,” he said to the first couple to leave the plane.

Then he gave them parkas:

Unaccompanied men are not included in Canada’s resettlement plan. It’s taking in at-risk women, gay people and families.

  • Rob

    Now, that is class.

  • Gary F

    And time will show he made the wrong decision. But it feels good now, and we all know, feeling good is better than smart security decisions.

    • Khatti

      I don’t see a lot of terrorists acts coming out of this crowd–except for two-year-olds terrorizing their parents.

    • Toronto is an immigrant city. It might well be people live their with a different attitude toward each other than in cities where outsiders are viewed as outsiders. It’s one of the most diverse cities in the world.

      Terrorists are made, not born.

      • Fred, Just Fred

        Terrorists are made, not born.

        You’re right. And, unfortunately it is clear that warmly welcoming refugees is no impediment to making them in Western democracies.

        Serious question. Considering 58 2nd generation Americans attempting to join ISIS have been arrested in Minnesota, what responsibility, if any, do Muslim immigrants bear in combatting the recruiting ISIS is doing in their midst?

        Should they be making bigger, more consistent denouncements of “radical” Islam? Should they be preaching anti-jihad in the Mosques?

        The relatives of the San Berdoo shooters claim complete ignorance to their having taken up Jihad. Personally, I don’t buy it, but giving them the benefit of the doubt, what responsibility do families have to keep their kids from picking up an AK47 and heading over to Syria?

    • BReynolds33

      How long do I have to wait? I’d like a time frame for how long I have to be terrified of my own shadow.

    • Brian

      I tend to think this will be a fine decision from a security standpoint.

      But even if it isn’t, this is more than a “feel good now” decision. I think we are morally obligated to help these people. Fine, maybe it is putting us at a slightly higher risk. But we do many other much riskier things every day that don’t have the moral upside that taking in refugees does.

      • Things tend to get imprinted on the brain, especially at a young age. A little girl, no doubt fleeing the scars of having her home bombed, lands in a strange land, and is greeted by hundreds of people — and please note the diversity of the people — and is given a new coat by a nice man and his wife and is told “we’re glad you’re here. Welcome to your new home.”

        Now people who seem to know how terrorists are created will tell you that this will lead to an increased risk of a strike at their homeland, compared to making it clear that they are unwelcome and they are awful people and do not deserve our value, our respect, or our friendship.

        This is the state of America right now. Because for an awfully lot of people, this conclusion actually makes sense.

        If we’re truly concerned about a heightened risk to our security, who actually should we be fearing more right now?

        • Rob

          I know your question is somewhat rhetorical, but I have no fear of refugees. I do fear those in favor of bringing back internment camps, religious tests and waterboarding.

    • Well then, you’d better stock up on guns, ammo, and MREs and hole up in your bunker.

    • kevins

      Sheesh Gary.

  • Matt Black

    The whole video was impressive to watch.

    The line that the man says at the end: “We felt ourselves respected. We felt ourselves humans”. That’s all they are looking for – somewhere to be safe and treated like they are human. Not that much to ask for, really. Good on ya, Canada.

  • ec99

    Trudeau, yet another politician who made it on his old man’s name.

    • Jerry

      I didn’t know Doonesbury was so influential in Canada.

  • Veronica

    Can we have Trudeu run our country, too?

    • Khatti

      You think he would have any more success with Congress than Obama does?

      • Jay T. Berken

        Canada has a parliamentary – cabinet government which is different from U.S. which is a presidential – congress government. He rules with a majority of Parliament or makeup majority. Congress is separate to the President as you know.

        If you are indicating how would he do in the U.S. if he was President, we will never know.

        • ec99

          And MPs in the majority party are told how to vote. Woe be unto those who challenge the PM’s command. There are few open votes made. Thus the MP represents the party, not the riding.

          • BJ

            Just like here

          • ec99

            Not exactly. You will notice that not all House votes are unanimous for either party. Reps still vote on certain issues like Ag, despite their leaders’ preference. In Canada. no one disobeys the leader for fear of being thrown out of the caucus.

          • BJ

            I’ve worked on around 10-15 MP elections… It’s tighter, but they also have more parties and MPs are very alligned with party more than they are here.

    • Jack Ungerleider

      We (Minnesota, that is) could secede and petition Canada for inclusion as a new province. (or maybe just become the southern half of Manitoba)

      • Veronica

        I like your idea better. Let’s do this.

        I think it’s been floated before.

  • MrE85

    I saw what you did with that headline, Bob. Well done, sir. (slow clap)

  • Jay T. Berken

    Just another example that shows that we are very slowly falling behind…

    • BReynolds33

      I don’t think it is so slowly.

  • BReynolds33

    Canada: Our smarter, happier, more free, wealthier, healthier neighbor to the north.

    • ec99

      Yeah, where MDs and RNs left for the US years ago, replaced by Indians and South Africans. Where procedures such as hip replacements don’t exist, even if you will pay for them yourself. Where the government determine what wheat growers get for their crop, which they can’t sell to anyone else. Where you have a federal sales tax and an income tax. Where there is no need for big military expenditures because they know the US will protect them.

      • >>Where procedures such as hip replacements don’t exist. <<

        Uh, what?

        https://www.cihi.ca/en/types-of-care/specialized-services/joint-replacements

        And that only took about 30 seconds to refute…

      • Tim

        The CWB doesn’t really exist anymore, at least not the way it used to, so the wheat selling restrictions that used to exist are no longer around. That said, most of the farmers supported it anyway. And while it’s not quite the same thing, North Dakota has a state-owned flour mill for pretty much the same historical reasons.

      • >>Where you have a federal sales tax and an income tax<<

        Uh, so?

        We have a federal income tax, state income tax, and several levels of sales taxes in MN.

        Hell, Canada is sounding better and better.