While much of Canada’s media focus is on the tragic death of a family trying to come to Canada from Syria via Turkey two men from India drowned and a third was rescued in the St. Lawrence River in Akwesasne while allegedly attempting to get to the US side yesterday .
It’s being termed an alleged human smuggling case with one person charged.
The Surivor, Mayur Patel, 20, from India has been charged with three counts of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The man transporting the three, from Snye Quebec, has also been charged.
We live in a scary world and isn’t it human nature to seek a better life for one’s family? During World War Two Canada turned away a boat load (the St.Louis) of Jewish refugees seeking escape from the Nazi’s in 1939. 234 of the 900 on board would die in extermination camps during the war.
Clearly with the war in Syria, of which Canada is participating there is a need to accommodate refugees.
These three men from India may not have been attempting to make it to the US if they had been accepted in Canada.
Clearly it might be time to review our policies on how we accept people into this country and why. We have the space, and in many cases need the workforce.
While it would be easy to politicize these incidents as other media have this writer thinks it’s an opportunity to take a pause and consider what we want Canada to stand for?
Should Canada be a “warring nation” or a country of peace keepers as has been our tradition for most of the last hundred years?
I think the answer to that is really easy if you think about it.
We need to streamline the process of helping others, refugees, and immigrants that wish to come to our country.
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