Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s suggestion that immigrants and refugees undergo special screening to ensure that they adhere to ‘Canadian values’ was ridiculed by many last week and justifiably so.
Even one of Stephen Harper’s former staff called the idea ‘ Orwellian and dangerous’.
But, let’s not kid ourselves; there are some who agree with Leitch.
Since my commentary last week denouncing Leitch’s idea, I’ve received a few insulting messages suggesting that refugees are a threat to Canada.
Of course they don’t acknowledge that the recent acts of violence we’ve seen in Canada have been carried out by native born Canadians, not refugees, but , then again, why would they let the facts interfere with their uninformed rant !
Sadly, there are Canadians who simply don’t like people who don’t look like them, or talk like them or dress like them or worship like them.
What’s more upsetting is when a political leader tries to tap into that ignorance and hatred for their own political gain.
This is the second time in less than a year that Kellie Leitch has pandered to the dark side of Canadian society.
We need to realize that it’s not immigrants or refugees, but the divisive politics of people like Kellie Leitch that threaten Canada’s future.