COMMENTARY: When feel-good becomes foolhardy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made it clear that he will be moving ahead with bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada before the year is out. Nobody is saying Canada doesn’t want to help, but this is too quick, too soon. That’s where being a feelgood nation is being foolhardy with security. The Canadian government believes it can somehow vet a group the size of the population of Brockville and have them all screened in five-and-a-half weeks. These people are coming with the clothes on their backs with no documentation and just their word.

Some in the United States political circle are skeptical about vetting 20,000 refugees and its a government serving a population with nine times the population of Canada! As former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich put it, can the government expect to get its screening right, 100 per cent of the time? He said with a one per cent error rate, that’s 200 people slipping through the screening who could be terrorists.

Then comes word today, according to sources speaking with the Globe and Mail, that the federal government plans to cut corners with security screening.

And the fact that Canada has widely advertised that it’s accepting 25,000 refugees with open arms. Don’t you think potential terrorists know this? The news of the refugee plan has even put the Americans on edge, as they share a common border – a border once the focal point of the 9/11 terror attacks. Canada only has to look at the other nations around it to understand that maybe this nation is moving too fast with its heart and not its head.

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