The old Reform Party was always accused of being anti-immigration.
'They'll close the doors' was a narrative perpetuated by the 'left' as a scare tactic against the upstart renegades from the West.
But Jason Kenney — Canada's most pro-active immigration minister in recent memory — has proven that was far from the truth.
Oddly, Kenney's party is being accused of being too immigrant friendly. And the one doing the accusing is environmental activist David Suzuki.
In a Canada Day interview, published in French newsmagazine L’Express, Suzuki lauded Canada's multicultural harmony but also said that our immigration policy is "crazy."
Here's an excerpt of the interview as translated by the National Post.
Canada is full too!
Although it’s the second largest country in the world, our useful area has been reduced.
Our immigration policy is disgusting: We plunder southern countries by depriving them of future leaders, and we want to increase our population to support economic growth. It’s crazy!
Suzuki's parents — of course — weren't born in Canada either.
But he said that immigration is okay when you welcome people who are struggling in other countries.
Suzuki's comments have angered Kenney.
He took to Twitter to voice his displeasure:
Disappointed w/ David Suzuki's stridently anti-immigration views.He calls immigration "crazy" because Canada's "full" http://t.co/Ks5aYEynzX
— Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason) July 10, 2013
Suzuki's views are toxic & irresponsible: "Canada is full. Our immigration policy is sickening. Its crazy. There's no more room in Canada. — Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason) July 10, 2013
And then, Kenney took a shot at the media
There has been no media coverage of D Suzuki's extreme anti-immigration views.What would happen if a prominent conservative said same thing?
— Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason) July 11, 2013
Kenney is probably correct on that point.
Suzuki — who does work for Canada's public broadcaster — has become an ardent critic of the Harper government.
Over the past year, he's chided them for its position on the Kyoto accord, its promotion of Alberta's oils sands and for weakening the Navigable Waters Act.
Last month, in a scathing op-ed piece published in the Globe and Mail, Suzuki slammed Harper suggesting that, under his reign, there has been an "erosion" in democratic principles.
(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)
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