Comprehending what 25,000 people looks like is tough to do without giving that number some perspective you can relate to.
Even using sports stadiums doesn’t give a real picture. People don’t live in sports stadiums so let’s relate it to cities and towns across the country.
A population of 25,000 would be bigger than Brockville, ON, bigger than Chestermere, AB, bigger than Owen Sound, ON; Fort Saskatchewan, AB; Pembroke, ON; Cowansville, QC; Yorkton, SK; Canmore, AB.
Bringing in 25,000 people at once, from one particular country is no small issue.
25,000 Syrian refugees is more than the entire take of refugees from around the world last year and would be the third biggest source of new residents to Canada, assuming we actually stop at 25,000 total.
We won’t. The first 10,000 are mostly private sponsorships and the next 15,000 are government refugees. Immigration minister John McCallum said they’ll bring in 25,000 government refugees, plus be open to even more private sponsorships.
Based on a couple of polls taken across Syria last summer, we’re potentially bringing in a large number of people who may support ISIS and be opposed to degrading ISIS. As we look to import 35,000 Syrians over the next year, maybe more, we are looking at bringing in between 4,500 and 7,700 ISIS supporters. They might not be terrorists, but they think ISIS has it right.
What would you think if you heard that a quarter of Brockville thought ISIS had it right? How safe would you feel knowing that more than one in five at a sold out Tiger Cats game believed in the barbaric ways and practices of ISIS?
Yet questions to the office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale on whether Canada will screen for ideology with an eye to excluding people who believe in Sharia Law, honour killings, etc., – well, questions on those issues are dismissed with platitudes about why what the government is doing is good.
It’s not good enough for me, it shouldn’t be good enough for you.
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