In which the Premier of Saskatchewan becomes a racist:
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is citing safety concerns for his wanting the federal government to suspend its plan to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by year's end.
Wall says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he is worried that fast-tracking refugee claims could undermine the screening process.
"I do believe that if there's a chance that even only one person would use the refugee process to come into this country with a plan to do ill, to do bad things in Canada to Canadians, that's worth it, that's worth some circumspection," Wall said Monday at the Regina legislature.
That faint noise you're hearing in the background is the Canadian Left gathering its collective breadth. Very shortly they will begin shouting from coast to coast to coast that magic word:
With Stephen Harper now effectively retired from national politics there was uncertainty as to who would be the Left's new Emmanuel Goldstein. I had assumed that he or she would naturally emerge during the CPC leadership contest. Never did I think it would happen so quickly. Brad Wall hasn't just volunteered for the job, heck he jumped over the parapet and waved frantically across No Man's Land to the snarling granola munchers on the other side.
Farewell Harper Derangement Syndrome! Behold Wall Derangement Syndrome!
In many ways Brad Wall is ideally suited to be a hate figure of the Canadian Left. He comes from Saskatchewan which - so far as most people in Southern Ontario are concerned - is somewhere between Barrie and Calgary. It's flat, white and no doubt filled with bigots. Which brings us to another problem. For decades Alberta was the province that Torontonians loved to hate. Now that an NDP government rules in Edmonton, Torontonians must find a new province to hate.
Enter Saskatchewan and its evil racist premier.
Now you, me and anyone who has actually heard Brad Wall talk know that he's a small town guy from the Canadian heartland. And so he might have remained to the Laurentian Elite: A bumpkin from wheat country. But he had to say something so very, very racist. That terrible thing - the thing that will make him Canada's answer to Hitler in the weeks ahead - is that he dared suggest that some refugees might be terrorists.
Now in a number as large as 25,000 there is a statistical certainly that some will be dangerous. Heck choose 25,000 native born Canadians at random and you're likely to find a handful of choice psychopaths. Take that same number from an Islamist war zone and it won't be a small number but a much larger one.
Broadly the flood of migrants destined to arrive from Syria - or at least those assumed to be coming from Syria - can be divided up into three categories:
1) The genuine refugees who should, of course, be given sanctuary.
2) Economic opportunists who will probably be decent immigrants but are not in immediate danger to life and limb.
3) Terrorist opportunists who have just seen another major western country throw open its borders.
Now Premier Wall has made it pretty clear he wants to help those in the first category, while having reasonable concerns about those in the third category. Here we have a provincial premier putting the well being of his own people ahead of political correctness. By comparison Ontario's Kathleen Wynne has been falling over herself in support for the Justin Refugee Plan.
It is for this reason that Brad Wall is now an "Official Racist."
To my fellow Ontarians: We are about to welcome 10,000 unknown quantities into our midst. Both Queen's Park and the new federal government are swearing up and down that each and every one will be carefully vetted. In six weeks. No problem. Trust them. After all when was the last time a Liberal government lied to the people?
Thing is that this time it's about something more important than wasting taxpayer's money. It's about placing the lives of Canadians at risk.