A Part of Our Heritage

The Syrian refugee crisis is not the first time Canada has faced something like this. We've done this many times in the past 100 years. Every crisis, of course, is different. But they all have just one thing in common — refugees. Desperate people with nowhere to go. What to do with them?

And there's always a huge debate. It is never black and white, more often than not, it's a sea of grey. Well imagine for a moment you’re walking along the shore next to this sea of grey and you look out and you see someone drowning 50 feet from shore. The question is, do you throw him the rope? And yes, you have a rope. Of course you’ll throw him the rope.

But just when you’re are about to do it, a crowd appears and someone says hey, wait. What do you know about that guy in the water? And the truth is, you know nothing other than the drowning part. At which point someone says how do you even know he’s drowning? Good question. He certainly looks like he's drowning. At which point a town car pulls up and out pops a well-dressed man who says, ”for the record, I have nothing against throwing the guy a rope but what’s with this arbitrary deadline. What is the rush? That sets off the heated debates. So heated in fact, by the time it's over, the guy in the water is underwater. The upside is no rope got wet.

Look, Canada has been here before. In 1979 we accepted 60,000 Vietnamese boat people. That's us being the good guys. But in 1939 we said no to a ship carrying over 900 Jews. We sent them back to Europe. Many perished in concentration camps. That too is part of our history. And that’s why it’s so important we get this one right.

It’s 2015. Welcome to Canada.

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