Canadians are on the brink of a difficult test: are we prepared to live up to our stated commitments to tolerance, by welcoming immigrants and refugees who fear living in Trump’s America?Read more
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives took power in 2006. For some 30 years prior, Canada’s immigration system was consistently viewed as of the most welcoming and generous in the world. Although not without growing pains, Canada once worked to accommodate the cultural, religious and ethnic diversity that travelled with immigrants to Canada. After 10 years of Conservative rule, the immigration climate in Canada is now darker and more exclusive than it has been since the 1970s.Read more
The Canadian government passed Bill C-24 this week, giving itself the power to revoke citizenship of dual citizens convicted in Canadian courts or abroad of committing "acts against Canada,"including terrorism, espionage or treason. Though the government claims it is now better able to protect Canadians from "jihadi terrorism," the law does not make Canadians safer. Instead, it creates a class of second class citizens, whose status as Canadians is insecure.Read more
My best guess it that the Fraser Institute expects no one to read the report behind their newest sensationalist press release, in which they claim that the cost of immigrants to Canada is staggeringly high.
Anyone who looked at the report more closely would find false claims, deliberately misleading arguments, a naive understanding of global migration trends, and evident ignorance of what informs Canada’s immigration priorities. The report is so poor and illogical that it cannot be taken seriously as contributing to public debates about policy reform in the domain of immigration.Read more
The long list of changes in the Conservative’s newly introduced “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act” seem like a solution in search of a problem.Read more
Patti Tamara Lenard
Expertise: Immigration, Political Science, Politics of Identity, Social Exclusion & Inclusion
Patti Tamara Lenard is an Assistant Professor of Ethics at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of Trust, Democracy and Multicultural Challenges (Penn State, 2012) as well as co-editor of Legislated Inequality: Temporary Labour Migration (McGill-Queens, 2012).
Her research focuses on the moral questions raised by migration across borders, as well as multiculturalism, trust and social cohesion in diverse societies, and more generally democratic theory.