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Canada and America do not see eye-to-eye on the issue of immigration, despite the open-door policies of both “progressive” governments. Notwithstanding the southern invasion of the United States, the Biden administration is asking Canada to reestablish visas for Mexicans, so as to staunch the flow of Mexicans making their way into the U.S. from Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also under pressure from the province of Quebec’s premier, since the influx of illegals has pushed Quebec to “breaking point.”
The Canadian government suddenly appears willing to cooperate with the U.S. and Quebec. To understand why, let’s revisit some key historical events. In 2009, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper established a requirement of visas for Mexicans. This was intended to put an end to bogus asylum claims and reduce the rate of illegal migration. Predictably, Leftists harshly criticized this measure; they have demonstrated no foresight in their propensity to advocate for open-door migration policies. By 2012, Harper was softening his stance due to pressure from them, and wanted conciliation with Mexico. He experienced renewed pressure to drop the visa requirement in 2014. By 2016, the Liberals were “working with diligence” to end the Mexican visa requirement. Not long after that, Justin Trudeau finally dropped it.
Then something unexpected happened. In April 2023, the U.S. asked Canada to reimpose its visa requirements for Mexico so as to end the surge of crossings from the Canadian border into the United States. This request came despite the Biden administration’s allowing multitudes to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. The Biden administration wasn’t concerned about its Southern border, but about Mexicans who were entering Canada and then making their way into the U.S. through easy entrance points, and remaining there. Canada’s 5,525-mile-long land border with the United States is the longest international border in the world. Of course, the numbers of Mexicans coming into the U.S. from Canada hardly compared with the multitudes of illegals entering from Mexico, but far-Left insanity knows no limits. The latest: “Trudeau’s Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc said he and the Immigration Minister Marc Miller were considering visas and other measures.” The quick switch is prompted by the no-nonsense Quebec Premier Francois Legault.
“‘Breaking point’: Legault asks Trudeau to slow influx of asylum seekers,” Canadian Press, January 18, 2024:
Quebec Premier Francois Legault is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to slow the influx of asylum seekers entering his province, which he said is nearing a “breaking point.”
Legault made his request in an official letter to Trudeau sent Wednesday afternoon, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press.
“We are very close to the breaking point due to the excessive number of asylum seekers arriving in Quebec month after month. The situation has become unsustainable,” Legault wrote.
He said that in 2022, Quebec took in more asylum seekers than the rest of the country combined.
The closure of the unofficial Roxham Road crossing point south of Montreal in August 2023 “momentarily” slowed the flow, Legault said. “However, the arrivals have continued to increase at airports. The number of people arriving on a visitor visa and applying for asylum is also increasing significantly.”
Nearly 60,000 new asylum seekers were registered in Quebec in the first 11 months of 2023, which has put “very significant pressure” on services, the premier writes.
“Asylum seekers have trouble finding a place to live, which contributes to accentuating the housing crisis,” the letter said. “Many end up in homeless shelters, which are overflowing.”….
Justin Trudeau cannot afford more bad publicity. Support for his leadership is also at “breaking point,” despite his comical efforts to denigrate the Opposition. Elections are planned for the fall of next year. This describes in a nutshell the situation in Canada:
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In its 2019 budget, the federal government rolled out nearly $600 million in subsidies for select media outlets that obtain the federal government’s approval. The latest $600 million cheque is meant to fill a blind spot in exerting government influence over the Canadian print and online media.
The Liberals’ pledge to roll out nearly $600 million in subsidies to select news media outlets is one of the most controversial spending plans of the government’s 2019 budget…the so-called “media bailout” continues to garner criticism, including from Conservatives who have accused the Liberals of trying to bribe the news media ahead of the October election, as well as those who question how such funding might impact journalists’ objectivity.
The usually supportive Toronto Star even reported recently that Justin Trudeau and his Liberals hit new lows in support, poll suggests.
Given the shabby state of Canada’s economy, its levels of divisiveness, and its record on various freedoms, it isn’t to Trudeau’s advantage to enter the ring against the Quebec premier Francois Legault. Without pressure, most people recognize that the Trudeau government would continue with its open-door migration policies. But the government is now in a quandary and is willing to do whatever it takes, including flip-flopping on this issue. According to Canada’s Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Canada is currently “looking at a number of measures that would, in fact, put us in a position to have done what’s necessary to ensure that these flights directly from Mexico don’t become sort of an indirect way to get access to Canada and to claim asylum.” How times change when the Liberals are afraid of losing power.