Justin “Baby Doc” Trudeau is Canada’s newly-elected Liberal prime minister. Mr. Trudeau has vowed to bring 25,000 “Syrian” “refugees” into the country by the end of the year, and is exerting considerable political pressure in an effort to make sure his plan is implemented.
The new influx of migrants is not popular in all parts of Canada, especially out West. Our Saskatchewan correspondent Harald sends the following account of “refugee resettlement” from a Western Canadian perspective:
Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan, has a population of 300,000. It was a third of that size fifty years ago.
I’ve heard different figures when it comes to the number of refugees the city can expect. The ‘Open Door Society’ is the main organization here that is in charge of the plan. Saskatoon has about 20% visible minorities — mainly Canadian Indian and Metis [from the French métissage, a mixture of races], Chinese, and Filipinos.
Muslims make up 2 % of the religions, with 65% Christians, and 25% no religion. Brad Wall, the Premier of Saskatchewan, tried to speak up against Trudeau’s refugee plan, urging him to stop setting deadlines and going slower. Out of ten premiers he’s the “lone wolf”. Of all those premiers, Wall is the most popular, and has an approval rating around 65% .
Wall is the leader of the Saskatchewan Party — a combination of liberal and conservative principles. He’s not totally against having more people, but wants to ensure caution and security regarding whatever federal government plan that he has to deal with.
Wall said he’s willing to let 800 refugees into the province, but only if they are all properly vetted. They would settle in the four cities of the province — Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, and Moose Jaw.
In Saskatchewan (according to one poll I saw), 35% don’t want any refugees, 35% are willing to take some but are against Trudeau’s setting deadlines as not being a safe practice, and 10% have no problem with accepting any refugees under any circumstances.
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