February 20, 2016

"It's a vanity project": Liberals lied to Canadians -- and to the "refugees" they promised to help

Brian LilleyArchive

Hard to know what to believe about the Liberal’s refugee rush other than, they’ll bring large numbers of Syrian refugees to Canada as fast as they can -- to hell with whether it’s good for Canada, our local communities or the refugees themselves.

The more I find out about how they’re handling this file, the more convinced I am that it’s just about fulfilling an ill conceived election promise so they look good.

Yesterday, I reported the shocking revelation from Martin Bolduc of the Canada Border Services Agency who testified at the Commons Public Safety Committee that “very few” of the refugees we’ve brought over came from those “squalid” refugee camps we heard so much about.

If you thought those coming for a better life were living in camps and needed to get here fast, you’re not alone. That’s the argument Liberals made to justify the rush.

Health Minister Jane Philpott made comments about bringing refugees from camps when she and other Ministers visited a site in Jordan in late November. The press release about their visit said:

“To provide a sense of the daily lives of refugees, Ministers visited Za’atari refugee camp, located outside of Amman, Jordan, which is home to approximately 80,000 refugees. Ministers toured the camp and had the opportunity to speak with a number of Syrian refugees who have been displaced for many months and in some cases years.”

Eighty thousand refugees living in a camp is a lot. Listening to Philpott speak from the site, you’d think this was one of the places the refugees would be drawn from.

Similar comments were made by backbench Liberals and Trudeau himself.

Review headlines as far back as September, where Trudeau said we’ve got to help people in camps NOW.

“To doing more to help people in their camps who are worried about things, who are fleeing for their lives, who are living in terrible conditions.”

Or this from McCallum, cited by CBC in January:

“McCallum, who visited refugee camps in Lebanon last month, said that having refugees stay in a hotel or a military base for a couple of weeks was better than some of the "lamentable" living conditions they experienced prior to their arrival in Canada.”

For some time Liberals have told us these people are suffering, having lived in camps for months. Bringing them over in an orderly, slower fashion was not compassionate, right?

Wrong. Their own officials say the vast majority of these people were not living in camps.

Even McCallum knew this as I realized from his response to a question during debate on government spending back in December.

They’ve been playing on your heart strings.

No doubt, fleeing war, fleeing ISIS or the Assad regime is a harrowing experience but once you’re settled in a new, safe country, living in your own apartment, do you need to be uprooted and sent off to Canada in the dead of winter only to be warehoused in a hotel? That’s what we’re doing.

We’re not pulling people out of refugee camps over there but we are setting up de facto camps in Canada by putting refugees in cities and towns that can’t accommodate them sufficiently.

Is that fair to anyone in the process?

Imagine you’re a parent with three of four kids under ten. You’ve been promised a better life in Canada and instead, you’re living in a hotel for weeks on end in a frigid climate you’re not used to with no connections to the community and unable to speak the language. Would you be happy?

A story from CBC reported this about refugees in Vancouver, out of hotels now but the government promised them help, money, support, English lessons and it isn’t coming:

"It's been two months since I've requested just to have the exam for the English [course placement]," says government-assisted Syrian refugee Shadi Alradi, speaking through an interpreter.

"The [Immigrant Services Society of B.C.] responded that they don't even have 15 minutes to talk with me ... This makes me feel frustrated and depressed since I don't have any more time to waste."

"Alradi says he feels trapped in his home: He can't afford the bus fare to visit the library with his toddler, can't find help arranging for emergency dental treatment, and can't figure out when and if he will be enrolled in English courses.”

You can say "tough on you" if you want, but this man and his family came to Canada on the promise that they would get support and they aren’t getting it. Why?

Immigration settlement agencies are overwhelmed. Even they can’t cope with Trudeau’s rush though they back his goal. They say he needs to slow down but he won’t.

As the Vancouver area struggles with refugees already there, they’re told 1,100 more, are coming.

This is insane.

There’s no housing or support for these people so they’ll once again be put in hotels as they are in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton and soon Victoria, Brampton and Mississauga, the new markets where refugees will be warehoused.

Several new tender requests have gone out from the government seeking more hotel rooms.

Is this fair to refugees? We promised them a better life. They gave up apartments and homes for what? To be stuck in a run down three star hotel with no connection to the outside world while overwhelmed settlement agencies scramble to find houses for them?

It isn’t fair to them, nor is it fair to the Canadian taxpayer.

How many hotel rooms are being rented per night and for how long?

We don’t know. The government won’t give us an answer. I asked and waited two days only to have an immigration official tell me they couldn’t and wouldn’t tell me how many hotel rooms are being used until after the entire Syrian refugee project is over.

“Refugees arrive daily and permanent housing also becomes available daily. This means that the number of refugees in hotels fluctuates constantly and we are unable to provide a number. The total number of rooms/contracts also fluctuate depending on ongoing needs in destination communities. Final data on the project, including hotel usage, will be available when the project concludes.”

Here’s what we do know: the government had between 300 and 600 rooms in Toronto, are looking for 600 more plus another 500 in Brampton and Mississauga. They’re looking for 105 rooms per night in Victoria on top of the hundreds of rooms they have in Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and elsewhere.

These people are staying in hotels longer than normal and that’s costing us big bucks. The cost of hotel rooms varies, but what the government pays to feed the refugees, doesn’t.

Every contract is: $61 per day per refugee – $15 for breakfast, $16 for lunch and $30 for dinner.

For a family of four that works out to $244 a day or $1,708 per week which the government pays to hotels to feed them. Is that a good use of taxpayers money?

What could you or the refugee families do with $1700 per week to feed everyone?

All of this could have been avoided if Trudeau and company simply slowed down. They didn’t and they won’t because it’s a vanity project for them.

It isn’t about what’s good for the refugee families, it isn’t about what’s good for taxpayers, it IS about making Justin Trudeau look good.

We were told we had to act fast to save people in camps and now we know, that’s not true.

We also know that everyone in this process from the refugee families to the settlement agencies to the taxpayers footing the bill, are all suffering in order to make Trudeau look good.


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commented 2016-02-24 20:09:32 -0500
Footing the bull, I mean bill. Classic Freudian slip. Great show
commented 2016-02-23 23:39:35 -0500
This is bloody insane & when will this project end. I have not heard one story on this from CTV or from a radio station. What about the petition we signed to pause, what happened to that, haven’t heard a thing yet. Trudeau gov’t so transparent that you have to wait 300 days for an answer, now you know why. No wonder the deficit will be sky high with all this spending & nothing to show for it, that’s really being fiscally responsible. Easy to spend when it’s not your money & when you need more just increase taxes.
As someone else said referring to CPAC, it’s a farce like the UN. The liberals all respond the same way….we are working hard (lie) Mr Speaker, for all Canadians (so far only been working for the refugees) unless Trudeau is talking about the big raise (60 cents a month) for seniors & the answer to the question asked never comes. Liberal voters you deserve what you’re getting from this lying bunch.
McCallum go have another drink & Trudeau, maybe you can sneak out for a joint.
commented 2016-02-23 19:24:42 -0500
A round of applause for Michele rempel! Shes tactfully pulling back the curtain revealing not only Elmer Fudd,but the whole thing is a very expensive folly.keep up the good work!
commented 2016-02-23 18:27:48 -0500
While the influx of refugees entering could have been slowed down and we also need to address the issues of those already living in our country before the crisis, I can’t help but question the credibility of this article given that another post featuring an alleged poll on refugees had no discernible citation where that results were from . Also, while certain liberal members have caused some problems, they have done good things that conservatives haven’t . Plus there are are problems the conservatives failed to address or caused. Any posts on that?
commented 2016-02-22 21:44:16 -0500
Every Canadian Homeless person should tear up their ID , go to the nearest Border Crossing or Airport and call them selves a refugee .
HOMELESS problem solved.
PS—-pretend you have PTSD.
commented 2016-02-22 21:36:32 -0500
commented 2016-02-22 14:33:34 -0500
And meanwhile our own citizens are suffering. They can’t pay the electrical bills, pay the rent or feed their families. All for the sake of making PM Buttercup look good. Why aren’t you reporting that CBC, partisan hacks too busy protecting your hero. Well Unicorn farts don’t pay the bills Justin.
commented 2016-02-22 07:31:15 -0500
I went to cbc.ca to ask why there was no coverage of the non-refugee’s which has come to light recently. I filled out a question form and submitted it. There was a stock thank-you for your interest but you know we may be too busy to respond to all emails.

It goes on to say that all emails and complaints are put on a weekly list and distributed to the powers that be at the cbc. Why do they not publish that list?
commented 2016-02-22 02:14:06 -0500
Jay Kelly sorry if the truth hurts you so much. You are such a child.
commented 2016-02-21 16:44:14 -0500
You are a commie speed bump an Eco road block —that’s your job.
commented 2016-02-21 13:04:24 -0500
Why did the liberals bring in Syrians who were living in apartments in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey? Becuase these people had already passed security checks done by those three countries. It appears the Canadian government used security checks done by the three countries to fast track Trudeau’s quota of bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees as promised in his campaign.
commented 2016-02-21 11:43:13 -0500
So ,Facebook is taking sides and blocking posts?
commented 2016-02-21 10:13:26 -0500
Jay Kelly commented – “does Lilley expect us to believe the refugees arriving in Canada were living in their own homes and apartments?”

Besides being morbidly naïve about the reliability of what politicians tell you – you also seem to have a chronic cognitive disability for reading/hearing – Lilley said nothing about living in homes and apt. he said they were NOT living in refugee camps, it was the Border services worker who said they were living in apts in towns and that most were not from refugee camps when he testified in committee.This was very clearly stated by a government official working on the refugee file. As time goes on, these facts (including grotesque cost overruns from those told to the public) will come out in the MSM as they can no longer cover the size of this scandal. And if this liberal- led administration is a genetic imprint of the last 3, there will be many scandals to come.

Look, I know your drama queen PM has proven to be dangerously foolish and your unicorn rainbow party lies to you, but that is no reason to avoid facts. Best to call a spade a spade or a scandal a scandal when you see one than go into endless denial and damage control for people who are cucking you – because in the end, supporting politicians who treat you like an idiot makes you an idiot and you will be mocked as one – so stop in regularly with your latest denial narratives for a new dose of cuckolding.
commented 2016-02-21 08:47:04 -0500
Wow And as a single mother, I spend 50 dollars a week on groceries and buying the half rotten vegis and fruits. Breakfast is a luxury in our house. Makes me sick and tired….we are becoming white slavery.
commented 2016-02-21 08:13:02 -0500
I can’t wait to show this to the people that said we must do something to help the Syrian Refugees left to squalor in these UN camps. When I asked about the security measures, they say the UN has already vetted them! Well what about the ones that the Liberals are actually accepting? As this video shows, they are not living in squalor at some UN sanctioned refugee camp! I wonder what they will say now? What excuses will they come up with to justify being lied to? I wonder how they feel having egg on their collective faces? I can’t wait to hear them explain this to me!!!!!!
commented 2016-02-21 00:43:19 -0500
The food allowance figures Lilley shows are too ridiculous to be countered. Months ago the actual figures were released.
But more importantly, does Lilley expect us to believe the refugees arriving in Canada were living in their own homes and apartments?
commented 2016-02-20 23:21:01 -0500
Gus, I agree the House of Commons is a mess. That’s why the Conservatives have to force the main stream media to report on these issues. Otherwise most average Canadians will never know the truth about what is really going on. Left to themselves the Liberals and the msm will keep the whole sham going. It is the duty of the opposition to shine a light on what is really going on and hold the government to account.
commented 2016-02-20 21:30:25 -0500
My gawd. Did you see the arrivals.First off the plane was a specially selected doctor and his family. And they weren’t your standard refugee…they were Armenian Christians. Just an attempt by the boy king to lull the tards into believing they are representative of the great unwashed who will be arriving. Shee-it…arrivals at Pearson looked like a night at the Keg!
commented 2016-02-20 21:27:34 -0500
Great vid, Brian.
commented 2016-02-20 20:31:10 -0500
Suggest you watch cspan for 1 hour.it will soon become apparent how this system does not work
Clear,concise question from opposition.gets the usual non answer from libs
You’d think they would stay on topic,but no some nutball brings up the fact it’s the year of the rat or some other inane item
Then Tommie the commie rants about ,well on his planet I’m sure it can be translated
Then dizzie Lizzie babbles about a dead seagull or something
Then the bloc says the usual blather
It’s like a dyslexic orgy
Something to be said about a two party system
And on an end note,how western provinces put up with Ottawa telling us how deal with our resources is beyond the pale.alas
commented 2016-02-20 20:21:51 -0500
David Neubart commented
“Of course, liberals lied; it’s what they do best. Remember, the truth to a liberal is like sunlight to a vampire.”

The perfect analogy – vampires draw blood from their victims, Liberals like to bleed the taxpayer dry.
Well said!!
commented 2016-02-20 20:00:38 -0500
No wonder so many want to go back!! This has to be the largest scandal in Canada’s history, and within 3 mos of taking over – wow!

It’s also unfair to our poor. Proof positive, Lefty’s don’t really care about anyone, they simply USE them when it’s convenient. Just like they “cared” about single moms, right up until a mess of them were going to lose jobs when the no-smoking bills came in, and not a peep. They’re now kicking gays to the curb as they bring in a whack of anti-gays. They’re kicking women to the curb as they bring in a whack of misogynists and promote vaginal mutilation. The list goes on. . . .
commented 2016-02-20 19:27:50 -0500
Is Larry Miller or anyone else from the opposition Conservatives going to challenge them with this in the House of Commons or through the MSM. If not then they are pretty useless ,the Liberals will not be held accountable, and they will continue to lie to us all just for political gain. This is madness and will cost us all big time in the long run. This should be a concern for all Canadians both on the right and left side of the political spectrum as it will mean there will be less money to spend on other social programs to help existing vulnerable Canadians.
commented 2016-02-20 18:54:12 -0500
I enjoyed the ‘slip the lip’ at the end of Brian’s video. Taxpayers being left to foot the ‘BULL’ then corrected to bill. Sadly, we are left to foot both over the next too many years of another Trudeau family fiasco.
commented 2016-02-20 18:31:53 -0500
Justin’s Diary….I love it!
commented 2016-02-20 18:28:29 -0500
Of course, liberals lied; it’s what they do best. Remember, the truth to a liberal is like sunlight to a vampire.
commented 2016-02-20 18:15:31 -0500
Monday’s Question period should be interesting.
I keep thinking is the government buying these people houses. Why would you leave a apartment your job and family unless they have promised you free dental and healthcare a better job maybe a chance to blow up some infidels. looking good justin. P.S. Don’t worry about the homeless all ready here they have the blanket from woodstock to keep them warm.
commented 2016-02-20 14:48:57 -0500
We all knew they were migrants and not refugees when McCallum said before end of December they couldn’t meet the 10,000 number because so many needed extra time to say goodbye to family and get their financial affairs in order.
commented 2016-02-20 13:47:56 -0500
February 19, 2016
Dear Diary;
It’s been busy around here. I guess I must be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed; Gerald says I’m like a squirrel on crack. I just giggled and giggled.
Dion (Mummy said she thinks he sang with the Belmonts) was in the Senate yesterday explaining why I didn’t cancel the LAVs to Saudi Arabia by saying it was Stevie’s fault for making it a done deal, and we were powerless, and so on. Of course that’s not true, because we could, but I don’t want to now because I need the money, even although I shouldn’t, and if I did Neil Piercey in London will be ticked off with me, not that I care, but no one can quite make out what Steffie’s saying anyway. Oh, Mummy’s just told me that wondering why and running around suing were big hits for Steffie.
I’ve been working on making Canada less divisive, so I’m withdrawing the appeal against reducing Omar’s bail conditions. Who cares what they all were, but Omar will be happy, and then so will everyone else, and that’s the main thing.
Even old McCallum’s been trying to keep up. Back in 2012 Stevie discontinued the first-class, top-tier, platinum healthcare coverage for my incoming voters and replaced it with what our common Canadians have to put up with. Everyone could plainly see just how cruel and unfair that was. In rightfully restoring these benefits, my Health Minister, Jane Philpott (oops, I almost wrote bedpan), said that “This will help refugees, it will help health-care providers, it will help Canadians”. What a joke. It’s amazing what I can get away with now.
Sunny ways.