Alberta Politics: Canada had better plan for an unprecedented refugee crisis as U.S. lurches toward ‘ethnic cleansing’

PHOTOS: Austrian police and Syrian refugees crowd a train platform in Vienna on Sept. 4, 2015 (photo by Josh Zakary). Below: U.S. President Donald Trump (photo by Gage Skidmore) and a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey in 2016 (European Parliament photos). Canadians should be deeply concerned about stated plans by the Trump Regime in the ...

Alberta Politics: Hello Canada? This is London calling! … and we’re mildly confused

PHOTOS: BBC listeners, suitably equipped because they think they’re listening to Ezra Levant, tune into my words of wisdom from Canada. Actual 21st Century “media consumers” may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The weather in Britain … way better than here in Alberta … and a small digital bit of post-media cultural ephemera. What ...

Bill Longstaff: Paying a high price for insulting Mexico

In 2009, our government in its wisdom imposed stringent visa requirements on Mexicans visiting Canada, the harshest on any country. claiming this was necessary to deter increasing numbers of bogus refugee claimants. The complex and intrusive requirements included probing questions about potential visitors’ families and their financial histories. The move was, and is, considered an ...

Impolitical: The impact of Kenney’s refugee health care cuts being seen

The group Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care has done a report at the three month mark on the impact of the Harper government’s refugee health care cuts. Here’s an excerpt: Our reporting indicates a wide cross section of refugees being denied access to health care, with pregnant women and their babies being particularly impacted. Newly ...

Impolitical: Jason Kenney’s week

From a Toronto Star editorial on refugee health care cuts on Wednesday: Daniel Garcia Rodriguez has experienced some of the best, and worst, that Canada can offer. The best includes St. Michael’s Hospital eye surgeon Dr. David Wong, who saved this Columbian refugee claimant’s vision in an operation largely funded through his own practice and ...

Impolitical: Kenney’s bogus stats on refugee health care

Jason Kenney has come out with some stats on refugee claimants from ‘safe’ countries and the cost of their using Canadian health care. They will likely come off as sounding high and will serve the political purpose of getting the usual base riled up, but they need to be considered more carefully. Here is what ...

Alberta Diary: What kind of Canadian signs Jason Kenney’s petition for Jason Kenney? (Answer below)

“Gotta do something about those infernal refugees!” Some of Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP’s supporters get together for an evening of poker and political talk. Below: Riley Climenhaga. I recently received the following disturbing communication via email from someone named R.R. Climenhaga under the heading “Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP.” “Your friend has shared an ...

Impolitical: Idle Saturday speculation

Will the real Minister of International Cooperation please stand up? Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, is attending the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, to discuss international development efforts in Afghanistan for the next decade. As part of his trip, Mr. Alexander will make ...

Impolitical: That curious backtrack on refugee health cuts

Jason Kenney offered up some tremendous spin on his controversial refugee health care cuts that came into force on Saturday yet were the subject of a last minute government change at the end of last week: “Refugee health cuts ‘clarified,’ not reversed, Kenney says.” Read the report for his version of how the government intended, ...

Impolitical: Refugee health care protest actions

Cuts to the Interim Federal Health program kick in this weekend yet protests will be ongoing. The doctors who are leading the opposition to the cuts, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, are going to collect data on refugees who are affected and tell the stories that they hear by sharing them through media “and with ...

Impolitical: Not our Canada

Here are some excerpts from yesterday’s coverage of doctors across the country protesting refugee health care cuts. The doctors say it all. This is an incredibly indecent, uncaring and maddening development we are witnessing: Costs won’t be the only thing that spikes after the cuts are made, according to Tyndall, who says disease rates will ...