In December of 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed up at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport with winter coats and teddybears for the first Syrian migrants to arrive in Canada.
“Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne were on hand to welcome the first two families from the plane that brought 163 Syrian refugees to Canada. They were joined by the ministers of immigration, health and defence, as well as local mayors and opposition immigration critics.” (National Post, Dec. 11, 2015)
If any Canadian parents could not afford winter coats for their children, Trudeau and Wynne didn’t know about it.
“We really would like to thank you for all this hospitality and the warm welcome and all the staff - we felt ourselves at home and we felt ourselves highly respected,” Kevork Jamkossian told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (National Post)
“You are home,” Trudeau said. “Welcome home.”
A steady stream of 7,000 migrants continue border jumping from the United States into Canada, and Canadian officials are now preparing temporary accommodation to see them through the winter.
Officials, who have put out an urgent call for winterized homes with which they will replace the tents where the migrants have been staying, in spite of Trudeau announcing last week that prospective asylum seekers using an irregular route into Canada should expect no exemptions from the rigorous requirements put in place to deal with asylum requests.
“Our No. 1 job is to protect our citizens,” he stated in his opening statement, warning once again that all existing rules will apply to the border-crossing asylum seekers. Trudeau also pledged more resources to accelerate the screening process.” (The Hill, Aug. 25, 2017)
“Many of the more than 7,000 migrants who crossed on foot from the US state of New York into Canada’s Quebec province since July 1 have been housed in tent cities near the border set up by the military. (DailyMail, Sept. 01, 2017)
“Others were put up at Montreal’s Olympic stadium and other venues until better accommodations could be found.
“These tents do have heaters, but we also have a very cold winter in this country,” said Transportation Minister Marc Garneau, who is also chairing an emergency task force to deal with the surge in asylum seekers.”
If anyone knows how cold winter is in Canada, it is the residents of Ontario some of whom are losing their homes because of the high cost of hydro under Ontario Premier Wynne’s administration.
Migrants who crossed the American border into Canada will be moved from tents into all-season trailers.
“And so we are, as a precautionary measure, looking at the possibility of trailers… which have a more robust capability to be able to house people in colder conditions.” (Daily Mail)
“Temperatures in eastern Canada dropped to 6 degrees Celsius (43 Fahrenheit) at night at the end of August and could fall further in the coming weeks.
“The tendering documents say the trailers must be “comfortable in all seasons” and ready within six weeks of the awarding of the contract. Bids close on September 5.
“The mobile homes would be needed to house 200 people in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Montreal.
“Most of the recent arrivals are Haitians who face expulsion from the United States when their temporary asylum permit—granted after the devastating 2010 earthquake—expires at the end of the year.
“The wave of migrants started after Donald Trump was elected president last year, with thousands crossing into central Manitoba province in the dead of winter.
“One woman died in the cold before reaching the border, while two men lost their fingers to frostbite during the treacherous journey across snow-covered fields and backwoods.”
Meanwhile there are no government-provided trailers for many elderly Canadians forced out of homes they can not afford to heat in Premier Wynne’s Ontario, who have no where to go.
Neither Wynne nor Trudeau have had anything significant to say about that.
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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.
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