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National Column: PM’s words unlikely to stem border flow

Reading Time: 3 minutes“You will not be at an advantage if you choose to enter Canada irregularly. You must follow the rules and there are many.” – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled on Wednesday to Montreal – ground zero of the intense media coverage of the asylum-seeking issue – to try to unknit some of his own knitting. […]

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National Column: Toughest part of Syrian resettlement still ahead

Reading Time: 3 minutesMuch of the political and national conversation on the Trudeau government’s ambitious Syrian refugee program has revolved around targets and timelines. But that has obscured a larger truth.

As the country’s 10,000th Syrian refugee arrives in Canada this week, the toughest part of this project for the Liberal government lies ahead. […]

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National Column: Refugee resettlement pays big political dividends

Reading Time: 3 minutesCanada’s Syrian refugee resettlement operation is more than a laudable contribution to a global humanitarian crisis. It is also a well-executed political play.

Because it was one of the Liberals’ most time-sensitive undertakings, the campaign commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees before the end of the year was always a strong candidate for early failure. […]