The Catholic bishops and other church leaders are just another liberal pressure group. The Parliamentary opposition parties, plus the Greens, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Council of Refugees and others have all opposed C-49, too.
There is no lack of compassion in the Tories’ proposed law. Every country has a right to balance its national security against demands for open immigration. And it has an obligation to preserve the value of its citizenship against those who would acquire one of its passports by making up false dangers or leaving immediately once they have been given citizenship.
In their letter to Mr. Kenney and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the bishops insisted “References by representatives of your government to ‘bogus’ refugee claimants undermine Canada’s obligations to refugee protection and question the credibility of refugees fleeing persecution and seeking to have their rights recognized. They also foster hostility towards refugees and fuel xenophobia in general.”
No they don’t. This is just another liberal attempt to secure their favoured policy outcome by defining away all opposition. There truly are “bogus” refugee claims and saying so in no way undermines our international obligations. However, if you are a liberal and your goal is to make our porous refugee system even more so, if you can insist no one admit there are problems (and imply that all those who believe otherwise are bigots), you can win the debate before it has begun.
Kenney fired back that the bishops’ letter reflected “a long tradition of ideological bureaucrats who work for the bishops’ conference producing political letters signed by pastors who may not have specialized knowledge in certain areas of policy.” Frankly, I think that’s generous: I suspect the Catholic bishops are more than happy with the issues as raised. Whatever the truth of the matter, though, Jason Kenney is a brave man for taking on the bishops. It takes courage to stand up to members of Canada’s liberal establishment. (Source)
I agree. Good for you, Jason.
Like most things these days, the bishops speak too much when they should be silent, and lift not a finger when they should be pounding. How typical.