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It really is all in the delivery

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The trouble with Canadian politics is that everyone is playing politics.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s comments about his trepidation regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of December has been heavily lauded and severely panned simultaneously.
Since then, anyone who is on social media will have been deluged with everything from  “Brad Wall for Prime Minister” to Wall is being over-sensationalistic and contributing to fearmongering.
The trouble with politics today is that everything is twisted to the furthest extreme. There is never any middle ground. Scrutiny is always a good thing, but attacking someone’s moral integrity is quite another.  Say what you want about whether you agree with Wall’s politics or not, some of the potshots he has been taking on social media are unjustified.
A couple of lines of a letter to Trudeau have been heavily debated and commented on earlier this week. 
Wall’s letter reads:“I understand that the overwhelming majority of refugees are fleeing violence and bloodshed and pose no threat to anyone. Your desire to help these people is noble. We share that desire. However, if even a small number of individuals who wish to do harm to our country are able to enter Canada as a result of a rushed refugee resettlement process, the results could be devastating ... (and) may affect the safety of our citizens and the security of our country.”
Perhaps all Wall is doing is expressing a word of caution to Trudeau — a new prime minister who Wall has never worked with at this level before — to ensure the government is doing its due diligence.
Fair enough. It’s like any co-worker, one wants to ensure is doing his/her job.
Saskatchewan has an immigrant nominee program, there are numerous licensed recruiters and immigration consultants and Wall’s hometown Swift Current itself has welcomed a lot of newcomers. There are international students and work permit holders. Check out Saskatchewan immigration numbers and related information here: http://www.economy. saskatchewan-immigration-data-and-trends
Other than Canada’s indigenous community, all residents are descendants of someone who immigrated here from the United States or countries across the oceans.
On the same token, Wall shouldn’t be made a total victim.He did tweet this letter to Trudeau himself and it wasn’t dug out by any journalist. Wall is a smart politician. He knows there would be all kinds of reaction.
Speculation is he may have wanted to raise his national profile in order to make a run at the federal conservative leadership. Maybe he is just sending a message to Trudeau that he is not one to be pushed around.
If that speculation is true, then Wall is playing politics too. While critics may believe Trudeau is just allowing a free-for-all, let’s trust that Canadian immigration authorities are doing what they need to do be doing within the immigration process.
Canada has a secret service and officials are undoubtedly on high alert in regards to all of the terrorism activities. It is the Liberal government’s view it wants to help these people running from a war-torn area.
One can’t be completely naive to think there aren’t bad seeds out there, but we have to trust Canadian authorities are on top of it. The idea that a change in the political stripe of the federal party in charge is somehow going to instantly erode the ability of authorities monitoring terrorist activities which could effect Canadians is absurd.
The last time we looked, the federal government had not dismissed the entire staff of the Canadian secret service or immigration investigators. To disclose what the secret intelligence service is doing is well, not intelligent...
However, no matter how one slices it, neither side should be playing politics and using these poor people who have faced unspeakable terror and heartache as political pawns. It’s not what those Canadian veterans we had just honoured Nov. 11 had fought for — lest we forget already.
Ryan Dahlman is managing editor with the Prairie Post. Contact him with comments about this opinion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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