Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Trudeau, Trump and the Refugees

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Trudeau, Trump and the Refugees

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Editorial Exchange: Trudeau, Trump and the refugees


An editorial from the Waterloo Region Record, published Sept. 21:

In a world with more than its share of dark corners and sinister voices, every human has a choice. We can surrender to fears, both real and imagined, or we can stand up to them.

In a world awash with suffering multitudes fleeing war, tyranny and impoverishment, every one of us has another choice. We can turn away, build walls and do nothing, or we can open our doors, hold out a hand and help.

Or, to put it in even starker terms, we can choose to be guided by Justin Trudeau or Donald Trump.

At the United Nations in New York City this week, Prime Minister Trudeau made a compelling case for the international community staying calm and carrying on in the mission of helping more of the world's 60 million refugees.

"We have a responsibility -- as all countries do -- to do more to help solve the global refugee and migration crisis," Trudeau said after announcing Canada will spend $752 million on humanitarian assistance this fiscal year, an increase of 10 per cent or $64.5 million from last year.

Since last November, Canada has resettled more than 31,000 refugees seeking sanctuary from the Syrian civil war, Trudeau told the UN. By the end of this year, more than 44,000 Syrians will have been welcomed to Canada.

On the same day in the same country -- the one with the Statue of Liberty supposedly shining a beacon of hope to the planet's distressed and displaced -- Trump, the billionaire Republican presidential candidate, compared migration from Muslim countries like Syria to a tumour.

Here are the disturbing words of the man who wants to bar immigrants from Islamic countries and could also become the next leader of the free world.

"This is a cancer from within," he told Fox News. …

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