Canadian Leader, Challengers Clash over Refugee Policy

Kenney, Harper’s point man for ethnic outreach, said in an interview with The Canadian Press after the event that while millions of new Canadians have only ever known a Conservative government, there is still a need to directly connect them to the party and remind them of Canada’s political past.


Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday that Canada shouldn’t take in more Syrian refugees just to “chase headlines” as he debated his two main rivals in next month’s election. Achieving peace has traditionally been a function of USA power.

Last night’s foreign policy debate offered plenty of ribbing and fibbing.

On the face of it, it’s not obvious which way is more progressive. It was also more civil.

Food security. Close to three million Canadians are at risk of going hungry. Also, Obama’s refusal to permit Keystone XL underlines the importance of climate for Canada’s oil economy. “At the end of the day, Mulcair or Trudeau could conceivably act the same way”.

“That being said, I think Mulcair held his stuff together a lot more than Trudeau has in that he’s brought more substance to the debate”. One might criticize Pierre’s policy record, but filial loyalty never looks bad.

Under the bill, those who have already been found guilty of terrorism, treason, espionage, or those who pick up arms and fight against Canada can be stripped of their citizenship.

Harper, he said, “Wants us to be afraid that there is a terrorist hiding behind every leaf and rock”. Harper has been comprehensively demonized for being in thrall to Big Oil, but the parlous state of the Canadian petroleum industry provides a few perspective on activists’ desire not just to divest but destroy it. What Justin Trudeau is selling this year is what Kathleen Wynne was selling last year.

One of Mulcair’s obvious weaknesses on oil, climate and the economy is comparison with Rachel Notley in Alberta.

“Why did you do that?” asks the dying frog. Provinces which meet or exceed the targets with their own initiatives would be allowed to opt out. Otherwise it becomes even more of an administrative nightmare.

Stephen Harper managed to stay out of any major trouble and reinforced his image as a “tough on terror” PM. Obama’s plan was deep-sixed by Congress. A similar scheme in the European Union has been a disaster.

Mulcair also said the NDP would establish a Office of the Parliamentary Science Officer to support parliamentarians with factual, science-based analysis. Harper pointed out that those estimates came from the U.S. State Department.

“Well, guess what? The answer was no, and you weren’t able to do anything about it”, said Mulcair, to laughs from the audience.

Questions were raised about the government’s role in negotiations to secure a massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Who else, aside from the government, should determine who is a citizen? Tom Mulcair says the NDP would send Canada’s military into combat if the mission had North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or United Nations approval.

Setting aside his annoying penchant to interrupt during debates, Trudeau wasn’t the lightweight that we saw in past debates or campaign stops.

That still doesn’t seem like much of a game plan! This bill threatens to destroy collective bargaining rights for all unions across Canada and is a frontal attack on hard working middle class families.


If you count both FTAs and Foreign Investment Protection Agreements (FIPAs) now in force – and Van Harten notes Harper often does include FIPAs when talking about free trade – 14 out of 29 were introduced under a Liberal government.

Federal party leaders debate foreign policy but eyes fixed on domestic audience