How do you solve a problem like Jason?

He’s been crowned “King of Multiculturalism” by one group:

Has it gone to his head?

He wanted Canadians to thank him, in a self indulgent petition…

He sets the tone on the how immigrant and refugee inclusion is discussed/perceived.
Jason Kenney

According to the Toronto Star: “Kenney included the new authority in a piece of legislation expected to be studied by the Commons immigration committee this fall. It allows him to bar people for what are described as “public policy considerations,” a term that isn’t defined in the bill.”

But, why does our Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism seek such arbitrary, unfettered, undemocratic, centralized, unchecked power?

They go on, “Critics say current immigration laws already allow border officials to refuse visitors admission to Canada for involvement in human rights violations, in criminal activity, security, health or financial reasons. At issue is the inconsistency with which the current law is applied, they say.”

In a later editorial, the Star suggests that “It’s a vague term that has yet to be defined, but he says it would mostly apply to people entering with the intent to promote hatred and spark violence.”

This line is awesome: “Kenney says he will try to ensure that the law can’t be abused.”

Of course he will “try”, like my 5 year old will “try” to listen…  If only there was evidence that he might not actually listen…

Oh, wait, “But Kenney is not shy in exercising his ministerial powers and has done so before. In 2009, his office arranged to bar British MP George Galloway from entering Canada, allegedly for supporting Hamas, which is designated by Canada as a terrorist group. A year later, the Federal Court ruled that Galloway was denied because the government did not like his political views, not because of national security.”

Ah…

So, what to do?

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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