Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Sometimes Breaking a Promise Gets It Right

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Sometimes Breaking a Promise Gets It Right

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Editorial Exchange: Sometimes breaking a promise gets it right

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An editorial from the Hamilton Spectator, published Nov. 27:

It's not often a politician wins accolades for breaking an election promise, but somehow Justin Trudeau has managed to do that with news his government will delay the deadline for welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees. His election pledge was to have them all here by the end of the year, but the government now says it needs until February to do intake processing and screening.

It's a smart move. The deadline was unrealistic from the start. Long before the Paris attacks, some immigration and settlement experts were saying the end of the year just wasn't enough time to properly screen and ensure logistics were sound. After the attacks, that worry became more urgent given the ISIS pledge to use legitimate refugees as cover for hiding terrorists. …

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