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When being racist and xenophobic, isn’t being racist and xenophobic

Trudeau shuts down the Canadian border. Photo: CBC News.

March 2020

I’m confused. A few weeks ago it was considered racist and xenophobic to close the borders. Now it’s OK?!

In closing down the border, this also means the now-officially-designated unofficial and illegal Point-of-Entry at Roxham Road, the one where RCMP officers act as bellhops instead of police officers, is finally being shut down.

Suddenly, the Liberals who have been saying that it’s impossible to close the Roxham Road crossing because the United States won’t take these illegal refugee claimants back, and that it’s racist and xenophobic (while pointing at conservatives) to refuse entry to refugee claimants, have suddenly found that it is possible to close illegal crossings like Roxham Road; all they had to do was simply ask the U.S. government for a reciprocal agreement.

For so many reasons, it’s great that Justin Trudeau has finally decided to close the borders, but it similarly looks bad and petty that he waited so long, while chastising so many for being racist, xenophobic and partisan, for having an opinion that turns out to be the responsible action.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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