In 1939, the MS St. Louis was turned away from Canada. Nine hundred and fifteen Jewish refugees were sent back to Europe to face the horrors of Adolf Hitler’s concentration camps.
This is a stain on our nation’s history. A time when the popular thought on Jewish immigration to Canada was “none is too many.”
Luckily, since that horrendous decision, Canada has become a welcoming mat for those who face persecution and genocide elsewhere. The way we are today will never make up for the sins of the past. But we can all be proud of what our nation has become.
Almost all of us…
In a speech Monday night, Justin Trudeau inexplicably compared the Conservative government’s policies with the anti-Semitic immigration policies of the 1930s and ‘40s.
“So we should all shudder to hear the same rhetoric that led to a ‘none is too many’ immigration policy toward Jews in the ’30s and ’40s being used today, to raise fears against Muslims today,” Trudeau said.
What Trudeau is referring to is the Conservatives’ policy to ban the face-obscuring niqab during citizenship ceremonies. One could legitimately oppose the Harper government’s decision to force all new citizens to show their face at citizenship ceremonies. Although many Canadians, and in fact many Muslims, will agree with the government’s decision on this, it is possible to have a legitimate grievance with it. Justin Trudeau’s hyperbole, and his comparing something that is quite legitimate to the fate that awaited those 915 refugees as they returned to Europe, is simply beyond the pale.
Be it jokes about hockey when talking about the invasion of Ukraine, to whipping out our CF-18s, tonight Canadians once again got to see why the Leader of the Third Party is not ready for primetime, or more importantly, to represent Canada abroad.