A new report suggests that the majority of Canadians are highly critical of current immigration patterns in Canada.
The study by Public Square Research and Maru/Blue, commissioned for the CBC, found that 57 per cent of Canadians believe our country should not accept more refugees.
The study also found that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those surveyed believed that illegal immigration has become a serious problem in Canada.
While Canada is often considered to be a welcoming country for immigrants, many Canadians are starting to question the immigration policies of the federal government.
In True North’s Candice Malcolm’s 2016 book, Losing True North: Justin Trudeau’s Assault on Canadian Citizenship, Malcolm predicts that disastrous immigration policies will turn the public against immigration as a whole.
Events and decisions since 2016 have only intensified public concern.
In 2016, Candice cited the process of bringing in 50,000 Syrian refugees to Canada as a key policy mistake by the Trudeau government.
Syrian refugees were fast-tracked with poor vetting, leading to serious security concerns.
These concerns increased when a teenage Canadian girl was murdered by a Syrian refugee in Burnaby in 2018.
The girl’s killer, Ibrahim Ali, is currently on trial.
Another policy Canadians are paying the price for is the decision of the Trudeau government to accept thousands of illegal border crossers from the United States.
The asylum seekers, many of whom cross into Canada illegally, are allowed in despite the fact that the United States is a safe country where they can claim asylum.
The cost of housing and caring for these migrants has gone into the tens of millions, all at the taxpayer’s expense, and overwhelmed the social services in the cities they have been sent to.
As Malcolm highlighted in 2016, the decision to end the triage system which fast-tracked the deportation of bogus refugee claimants coming from safe countries has indeed come back to hurt Canadians.
Despite these recent policy failures, the government has made it clear that they will follow their own course regardless of public opinion.
“My wish is that we continue to increase levels in our immigration system for refugees. I’m very open to saying that, and I will do whatever I can, in whatever position I am in, to continue to push for higher refugee numbers every single year,” Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen recently said.