Canada column for Sunday, Sept. 27/15
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Saying that Canadians are “a generous and compassionate people,” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau wants to make it easier for Mexicans to come to Canada.
Campaigning for the Oct. 19 federal election, Trudeau said his government would remove visa requirements for Mexican citizens and undo strict regulations put in place by the Conservative government.
The visa requirement and tougher refugee status conditions were imposed since 2009 to deal with a big jump in the numbers of Mexican asylum seekers.
The government said it was acting because many refugee applications were bogus with those fleeing Mexico for economic reasons rather than for security.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has soured Canada’s relationship with Mexico, Trudeau said vowing to “do right by our continental neighbor.”
Claims of bogus refuges are an example of the government “continually stoking fear and anger among Canadians,” he added.
“We need to ensure that Canada is a country that is accepting refugees who are fleeing persecution from all sorts of places around the world for all sorts of different reasons,” Trudeau said.