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Douglas Todd: Trudeau government goes silent on Canada’s 50,000 Syrian refugees

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Douglas Todd: Trudeau government goes silent on Canada’s 50,000 Syrian refugees

How have things gone for Syrian refugees in Canada in the almost two years since the lone departmental report in December 2016? No one really knows

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election promise to welcome ­25,000 refugees from Syria was aimed at showing voters his compassion. The followup photo opportunities he arranged in 2015 with smiling Syrian refugees, such as doctors, drew international headlines.

Once in power, Trudeau’s Liberals switched the name of the Immigration Department to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, to highlight their concern for those forced to leave chaotic home countries, especially Syria.

Given the grand gestures, you would be forgiven for believing the federal Liberals and the department responsible for refugees would be tracking the fate of the tens of the thousands of struggling Syrians that Canada has recently taken in.

But, after more than two weeks of inquiries by Postmedia, a media relations officer acknowledged the department has not produced any report in almost two years on the about 50,000 Syrian refugees now in Canada.

Canada’s auditor general is among the unamused. The Liberals had a plan to monitor whether the mostly Arabic-speaking refugees were learning English or French, working, receiving social assistance and going to school, but the government has failed to follow through, said auditor general Michael Ferguson. It is Ottawa’s responsibility, he said, to make sure Syrians refugees “integrate into Canadian society.”

The federal Liberals are not following the more transparent approach of Sweden and Germany, which took in the largest numbers of the 2.6 million mostly-Syrian asylum seekers who arrived in Europe in 2015 and 2016. The governments of those countries are providing extensive data on refugee outcomes, in addition to launching waves of job-training programs.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did, to be fair, release a one-year-after report on Syrian refugees in December, 2016. It was moderately helpful, since it showed half the privately sponsored refugees had jobs in Canada. But employment fell to 10 per cent among the larger cohort of “government-assisted” refugees, who are typically less educated and often illiterate.

The early Ottawa report also touched on how, after refugees’ first year in Canada, they are cut off from direct stipends from the federal government.

How have things gone for Syrian refugees in Canada in the almost two years since that lone departmental report? No one really knows. That’s unlike in Sweden and Germany, where refugee programs are increasingly thorny electoral issues.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war, at Pearson airport. Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Sweden has discovered, for instance, that, despite creating hundreds of “fast-track” job-training programs for recent refugees, only one third of those who completed a two-year full-time integration program in 2017 were working or studying three months later.

Refugees in Germany have done a bit better, but three-quarters are working in jobs needing few skills and with poor prospects. Unemployment is exceedingly high.

How is integration going in Canada?

When Postmedia sought answers from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, a media official provided the website of another public-relations official at another department, who recommended contacting Canadian academics, who either didn’t respond, had nothing to say or suggested contacting yet other academics. It’s known as “getting the runaround.” It may eventually bear fruit, but who knows?

One non-governmental source in B.C., however, did have some helpful informal insights about what’s happening in this  province, the destination of about one in 10 Syrian refugees.

Maggie Hosgood, who has helped coordinate more than 100 B.C. United Church congregations that have privately sponsored 65 Syrian families, said most refugees “are doing all right,” with good outcomes for children, especially girls, who attend public schools.

But most refugees, many of whom end up in Burnaby, are struggling to afford housing in hyper-costly Metro Vancouver. In addition, Hosgood estimated roughly one in four Syrian adults are on welfare.

Unlike the highly educated refugees who Trudeau mingles with for photo opportunities, most Syrian refugees have jobs that require few skills, such as cleaners or jobs in shops where they don’t have to speak English.

Many Syrians are struggling to learn English in the classroom, Hosgood said, regretting that the former federal Conservative government did away with a program in which refugees could, at the same time, learn both English or French and a trade.

There are positive exceptions. Some male refugees are bakers, candy makers or mechanics. One carpenter, Hosgood said, has developed a thriving business, learning English while he works. “He’s got plans.”

As German and Swedish government officials are discovering, Hosgood also confirmed many Middle Eastern “husbands don’t want their wives to work.” They think, she said, the woman should stay at home and the husband should provide for the family.

“The Canada Child Benefit has been a godsend for most families,” Hosgood said, echoing a study suggesting most Syrian parents come with three to four children, sometimes eight or 10. “Big families would be doing very well.”

Syrian mothers and fathers with four children can get about $50,000 a year in various taxpayer-funded social-service benefits. The Canada Child Benefit provides $6,400 a year for each child under six and $5,400 for children between six and 17, while provincial welfare programs can provide $7,000 to $12,000 a year to each adult.

Hosgood said many of the grateful Syrian refugees, who know how to stretch their money,  are now starting to sponsor relatives to come to Canada.

Integrating refugees into the well-off West requires playing the long game. European countries have found that refugees’ full entry into the taxpaying workforce often doesn’t approach the national average for a couple of decades.

Instead of posturing in photo opportunities, Canada’s governing politicians need to follow Europe and track what is happening on the difficult ground. It’s impossible to create effective integration programs if no one knows what’s working and what’s not.



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Foolishly Lax Security in Admitting Syrians: ISIS Has 11,100 Blank Syrian Passports

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Foolishly Lax Security in Admitting Syrians: ISIS Has 11,100 Blank Syrian PassportsISIS TERRORIST

Report: ISIS in possession of more than 11,000 blank Syrian passports

Source: World Tribune
Islamic State (ISIS) holds some 11,100 blank Syrian passports which German authorities fear could be used to bring potential terrorists into Europe, a report said. The passports, stolen from Syrian government sites, are genuine identity papers that have not yet been filled out with an individual’s details.

Justin Trudeau and John McCallum offer different views on the Syrian refugees

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Justin Trudeau and John McCallum offer different views on the Syrian refugees



These two sellout clowns can’t get their stories straight about the Syrians.

Video No. 1 – Justin Trudeau at Bloomberg Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait interviews…


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Liberal Gov’t Defies Will of Canadians & Continues to Import More Syrians into Canada

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Liberal Gov’t Defies Will of Canadians & Continues to Import More Syrians into Canada

by Brad Salzberg

McCallum to reveal new refugee numbers by March 9


“Liberals on track to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by end of next week, with between 35,000 and 50,000 expected this year.”


More than 70% of Canadians think Liberals’ new refugee target is too high: poll”


“Figures released by the government on Tuesday show that Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada expects to spend an additional $179.3 million in 2016-17 in implementing the Liberals Syrian refugee push.”

Brad: Isn’t it rather interesting that the Liberal-Islamic Party of Canada have never actually told the Canadian public WHY they are so hell-bent– despite the fact that polls indicate Canadians are opposed to the initiative– on importing Islam and the refugees into our country?

Culture Wars: The Battle For The Soul Of Canada

“As a result, a growing chasm continues to develop between the government and its people. At the risk of getting histrionic, what we have here is a full scale battle of wills— the will of government and their globalist partners against the will of conservative Canadians.”
“Very good article! Thank you Brad Salzberg. Multiculturalism and bilingualism has been a failure in Canada as it has in many European countries. These parents of Political Correctness(PC), have birthed a child so repressive that it has destroyed reason, free speech, free thought, and free assembly in Canada.”
“I can’t even begin to start to imagine why Trudeau lives so hidden from reality, buried in his own mind. It seems he is intentionally trying to destroy what has taken Canadians 140 yrs to build.”
“Canadians have been content to grant credibility to the multicultural lie these many decades while, surely, the danger signs have been flashing.”

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Welcome to Budapest!

This is what Budapest Train Station looked like after the migrants from Syria left for Germany……Unbelievable! Can hardly wait to welcome those nice courteous people to live here in BRITAIN, then……………Maybe the “Greens” and Lefties will help??

Time for Revolt?

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Media Coverup of Mohammed “Terrorist?” Attack in Calgary: How the Media Promotes the Immigration Invasion & Demonizes Opposition

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Media Coverup of Mohammed “Terrorist?” Attack in Calgary: How the Media Promotes the Immigration Invasion & Demonizes Opposition 

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If You Don’t Want 25,000 Poorly Screened Syrians Pouring Into Canada, Speak Up!

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If You Don’t Want 25,000 Poorly 

Screened Syrians Pouring Into Canada,

 Speak Up!

Can we risk Islamic terrorism like the Paris shootings that killed 130 French men and women?


Canada got a taste of Islamic terrorism fall when two radical Moslems killed two Canadian soldiers right here in Canada


Now the government wants to bring in 25,000 Syrians and can’t get them here fast enough.


First, there is the question of security. The government plans to bring 10,000 by the end of the year and 15,000 more by the end of February.

Syria is a land filled with violent people and terrorists.  One of the terrorists killed in the Paris attacks carried a Syrian passport and had recently come to Europe  as a “refugee”. The government claims it will screen them. But how? CSIS takes six months to do a check on a civil servant for security clearance. But they already know who that person is and a great many details about his/her life. Many areas of Syria are controlled by terrorists. There are few reliable sources of information. The Americans, who are taking only 10,000 Syrians (and they are 10 times our size), take a year to do a security clearance.


Do we really want to take the risk?


What are these people, many of whom speak neither English nor French, going to do for work? Canada already has 1.5-million people out of work. Frankly, there are no jobs for them. If they do get a job it will be at the expense of a Canadian.


Then, there is the cost. The government admits that settling the Syrians will cost $678-million. (Globe, November 25, 2015) The Ontario Government is talking of opening a hospital that had been closed to house some of the Syrians. Strange, the wait times in hospitals get worse and worse for Canadian taxpayers but the government hops to it for foreigners.


Finally, there is the almost hysterical media hype of feel-good pro-refugee stories. However, the silent majority does not approve of the influx. Sixty per cent of Canadians oppose taking in the Syrians. (Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail, November 28, 2015)

Of course, Canadians are compassionate. Many people in Syria are suffering. However, it’s estimated that we can support a refugee in a refugee camp for $3,300 a year. To bring a Syrian here will cost taxpayers over $13,000. We can still show compassion by giving generously to help ensure that there is adequate food, clothing and shelter in the refugee camps. The answer is NOT to bring 25,000 of them here.

It’s time for the silent and ignored Canadian Majority to speak up. If you don’t want Canada to take the risk of 25,000 poorly screened Syrians, phone, write or e-mail your Member of Parliament AND e-mail the Prime Minister and the Minister of Immigration:


The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:      justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca


The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration: john.mccallum@parl.gc.ca

Canada First Immigration Reform Committee,

Box 332, Rexdale, ON., M9W 5L3



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November 16, 2015

To the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau,

Members of Parliament,

Provincial Premiers

Subject:    Will We Learn Nothing >From Paris?

I am a proud Canadian, and proud of our heritage of being a true global leader in Humanitarian efforts. Given the events of recent years and more importantly the recent week, however, I believe prudence requires a pause in our assistance package for Syrian refugees, and indeed all refugees and asylum seekers. I say this not in a tone of political partisanship, but one of Citizenship. Any Parliament, be it Liberal, Conservative, or NDP has as its first mandate the protection of our country and its citizens. This must take precedence over all other considerations and activities.

As a Retired Firefighter/Fire Officer of the City of Calgary, I have an experience I believe is timely and valuable. In my final assignment at the end of my career, I asked for and received a transfer to work on the Airport Crash Rescue Unit at the Calgary International Airport. A requirement for all staff working at the Airport is to undergo a police background check. In between the time the background check is initiated, and the time it is competed, an employee must be accompanied by another employee who has the appropriate screening and credentials. I can’t remember precisely how long it took for the RCMP to conduct my check, but it was several months. Bear in mind that this is for a person who was born in Calgary; completed primary, secondary and post-secondary education in Calgary/Lethbridge; had passed a security clearance to gain employment as a Calgary Firefighter, and had worked in this civic institution for 18 years at the time. I had also been vetted by the Provincial Government’s Lieutenant Governor Norman (Normie) Kwong to sit as a long-term member of the Alberta Labour Relations Board. In short, it would not be difficult to find information on me. I was also required to be finger printed as part of the process.

When the day arrived and I was notified that I had passed the security clearance, I was escorted to the terminal building by a colleague to pick up my coveted airport pass. While in the waiting room, I met and visited with what seemed to be a very nice man of Arab descent, who if memory served was from Jordan. During our discussion, he indicated that his pass had only taken two weeks to get, as opposed to the months mine had taken. He left after receiving his pass, and so when my turn came I asked the RCMP Sargent why on earth it would take so long for me to acquire a clearance when this person who indicated he was a recent arrival to Canada received his in two weeks or less. The answer I received haunts me to this day.

The answer: “We can’t really do that much of a search on these people. They often arrive  without even a passport or Birth Certificate, and unless they appear on an INTERPOL watch  list, we generally let them pass. Often the police departments from these fractured  countries are unable or unwilling to provide information or detailed data, and we simply  have to go with what we can learn. We also make sure they have no criminal record while  in Canada, which for many of  these folks is a very short period of time”…….or words to that  effect.

In the couple of years I spent at the airport, I never stopped thinking about that. These people were everywhere: loading aircraft luggage, cleaning the airport with access to virtually all areas right up to the jet ways, acting as security guards and everything in between. It was then and there that I realized that the issue of security was truly an illusion in our country. I do not say these things lightly. I represented Calgary and its 1500 members as the President of the Calgary Firefighter’s Association in New York in 2002 at the 911 Memorial which was attended by 77,000 firefighters from all over the world. The hole at ground zero was still a testament a year later as to the impact of what can happen when a country lets its guard down.

So my questions to the Current Government and to the two opposition parties, and to our provincial leaders, in light of the recent events in France are:

1. “Who are the refugees”? How can you possibly screen 25,000 people adequately in such a  short period of time to ensure that none of these people pose a threat to me and my country?

2. What specific process(es)  is/are  engaged to determine the identity of who these people are?

3. What agency is tasked with performing the background checks, and has the capacity to  conduct appropriate checks on what amounts mathematically to about 800 people per day if  they are all to arrive by Christmas. I note that in the U.S.A., the head of the Department of  Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson admitted that “we don’t know a whole lot about these  people” and that we have “no real protocol for screening refugees” – My guess and fear is if  they can’t do it between the DHS, FBI, and CIA, there is no reasonable hope that Canada can  possibly have any credible system. I believe Canadian citizens are entitled to know this. I would  commend to you the words of Governor Greg Abbot of Texas who today said: “Given the  tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any  program that will result in Syrian refugees — any one of whom could be connected to  terrorism — being resettled in Texas.” That seems like a very reasoned approach at the  moment.

4. Bill C-45 (2003), which became an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada after the  Westray Mine accident, allowed the courts to find officers of corporations criminally  negligent if their actions either willfully or by gross negligence contribute to the preventable  death of an employee. Does this legislation reach to the political elite if, in the future, an  innocent citizen is harmed or killed by a refugee because the sitting government failed to  properly screen them? If not, we need to amend it. As I read the Act, Clause 1(1) extends the  reach of Bill C-45 to “all organizations”…..which I assume includes political parties. Would you  concur with this view?

5. What is the projected, long-term cost per refugee and what current, existing  benefits will  suffer because of this for existing citizens?

6. What is the demographic make-up of the refugees being allowed into the country? What  percentage are women, children, married men accompanying a family, and single men?

7. Will refugees be required to undergo a polygraph test, be finger printed, and be drug tested  as is required of several types of employment for Canadian Citizens such as the Calgary Fire  Department?

8. Will Refugees be screened for infectious diseases including TB, HIV, hepatitis, leishmaniosis,  meningitis, and the host of other physiological problems which have been identified with these  disadvantaged people?

9. Why are neighboring, wealthy countries of Syria with similar cultures such as Qatar, Saudi  Arabia and Kuwait not accepting ANY refugees?

10. There are reportedly 19 million refugees globally from places as diverse as Libya to  Myanmar. Are we to take them all?  In the case of Syria, is it not better to spend our money  pushing for a UN peacekeeping force to be deployed and contributing our resources in that  fashion so that these people can have the opportunity to stay put and rebuild their own  country? How we managed the war in Cyprus comes to mind. Is that not the road we should  be following instead of pretending that we are blind to what the USA and Russia are doing  there?

11. Terror attacks appear to be occurring in random places with high civilian populations with  little if any police or military presence. I have never been that concerned with gun restrictions, however like our brothers and sisters in France, we Canadians live a country with severe gun  restrictions.  Can you comment on how Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and  Freedoms squares with my inability to carry or possess (without significant restrictions) a  weapon for self-defence? Put another way, how can I possibly have the right to Security of  Person where I  don’t have a reasonable ability of self defense? Do you intend on travelling  anywhere (inside or outside of the country) without armed guards? While you will no doubt  have me look to the south (USA) for reasons not to re-consider this, I would point you east,  to Switzerland, which is  one of the most heavily armed, yet peaceful nations on earth.

In all of this, I am not suggesting that as a nation we turn a blind eye to those in need. We do have an enviable reputation in the world that each of us is proud of. Having said that, we unfortunately live in an ever-changing world.  For all of the forgoing reasons, I would ask that the sitting government halt the refugee program until it can be demonstrated to all Canadians that every single refugee being allowed access to our country, and being offered benefits that most of us have worked a lifetime to fund, have been thoroughly vetted.  I would also argue that it is time to re-open the debate on gun legislation from a constitutional perspective. We don’t have a “second amendment” as our U.S. brothers, but without the right to meaningful self-protection, the Canadian Charter guarantee of “Security of Person” is starting to ring very hollow.

In closing, are we going to learn anything from Paris? While social media is replete with people stating “we are Paris”, my suggestion is we make immediate alterations to the issues noted above, before that Facebook slogan changes from an echo of support to a prophesy.


D. S. (Scott) Wilcox
Cold Lake, Alberta

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