The world is horrified at the heart wrenching picture of the 4 year old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach, another drowned refugee. The 3-year-old found dead Wednesday along the shores of a Turkish resort town was named Aylan Kurdi. His family was trying to reach the Greek island of Kos when their boat capsized. His brother, Galip, 5, and mother, Rehan, 35, also died. Only the boys’ father, Abdullah, survived.
And the news that our big hearted Canadian government had refused the family entry into Canada.
“I was trying to sponsor them, and I have my friends and my neighbors who helped me with the bank deposits, but we couldn’t get them out, and that is why they went in the boat. I was even paying rent for them in Turkey, but it is horrible the way they treat Syrians there,” Teema Kurdi, Abdullah’s sister who lives in Vancouver, told the Ottawa Citizen.
NDP member from BC Fin Donnelly personally delivered the letter to immigration minister Chris Alexander in March, then nada.
“I walked across the aisle in the House of Commons and handed it to him and had a conversation with him,” Donnelly told Canada AM. “I asked him to look into the case.”Donnelly said Alexander promised to look into it. He said Alexander’s office later requested more information about the family, which was supplied.
“But then the waiting began,” Donnelly said. “The weeks turned into months and we continued to wait and wait, and nothing.”
Alexander has suspended his re-election bid to rush back to Ottawa to control the damage.The Tories of course are hopeless in this regard, their performance abysmal but the other two leaders have shown that they are tone deaf to this global crisis. You can bet he’ll be one Tory who will defy the great leader and start speaking to the press.
NDP leader Mulcair at least acknowledged “It’s too easy to start assigning blame,” he said. “The international community has failed. Canada has failed.”
In Europe, while Germany is taking 800,000 refugees in, German newspapers are mocking another Tory government for its chintzy 10,000 admission response to the immigration crisis. Both Canada and the U.K. should be ashamed of their response.
And the last time I looked at the map, Israel was next to Syria and its response was typical. Basically we do not like Muslims. What would possess families to trek thru Europe for a safe haven when one of the most developed countries in the world is next door. Three guesses and the first two don’t count.
Well most people know by now Israel has become a very racist country which treats asylum seekers like vermin.
The new Minister of Culture, and former spokesperson of the IDF, Miri Regev welcomes Sudanese migrants who have trekked across a desert as “a cancer in our body.”