On Refugees, Terror, and Canada’s Response

Been a long time since I’ve blogged.  So, so much I could write about locally, and I’ll get back to that, but I wanted to post my thoughts on Paris and the questions about refugees.

If we allow Paris to harden our hearts against refugees – to allow ISIS to dictate to us who we will and won’t be humane and charitable to – then we let them win.  The objective of terrorism is fear; to use fear to push us off the ideals that groups like ISIS detest – freedom, tolerance, and an open society.  And so I will continue my work to support the Syrian family of 8 – with 6 children under 13 – that we are sponsoring to come to Canada.  And I support the government’s call to bring more refugees here.  They should not move so quickly that they are ill-prepared or skip any security checks or basic planning.  Canadians will forgive the government if they miss their quota by Dec 31st, if the effort is being made to do it properly.  But Canada as a country has always helped those in need, and we should again.

It is part of the responsibility of a civilized, tolerant, and prosperous nation to both give refuge to the desperate and defend the innocent.  This may sound too black and white but it really is to me; I am Canadian and this is what I believe.

About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


3 Responses to “On Refugees, Terror, and Canada’s Response”
  1. Barb Sim says:

    Mr. J. Lehman,
    I know I speak for many Canadians when I say we do NOT want any refugees brought into our Country. I have a lot of American friends who do NOT want them there as well. We have many homeless, NO jobs and many people who go hungry. Our Veterans who have fought for our freedom and who have suffered as well as their families can not get the help that they need. Charity begins at home!! These people are not coming here with bank accounts, so who is paying for these people? Who is giving them a place to stay, food, jobs, money and health care? We as tax payers are sick and tired of paying the price. You should be concerned with the Canadian people and their needs and wants. People are fed up with the refugees and the foreigners coming into our Country and we are expected to change our ways, our traditions that we have all grown up with. If you go to their Country your are expected to follow the rules. They do not change for us! Some Countries even shoot on sight if you break their laws. You say we should take these people in. Women and children. Yet it was a woman suicide bomber in France. And there children are taught to use weapons at the early age of 3!!! These are NOT the kind of people we want here! Now because of foreigners and refugees our kids no longer have the Lords Prayer in school, there is no picture of the Queen. We are suppose to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas!! There is NO more Christmas or Halloween parties as these foreigners don’t celebrate these traditions. Well these are our traditions. Too bad if you don’t like them this is our Country and I am sick and tired of being expected to change for others. If you don’t like it stay in your own Country. WELL I WILL NOT CHANGE!!! It will always be MERRY CHRISTMAS!! And as far as I am concerned and I know many who think alike will not accept these people. You should be listening to the Canadian people instead of trying to shove this bureaucratic crap down our throats!!

    • Jane Blogs says:

      Bar Sim. You do NOT speak for us many Canadians!!! You only speak for yourself! Even your American “friends” are a stark minority. The vast majority of us us TRUE Canadians WANT them here because that is what being Canadian is about. Inclusion not seclusion!!’

      Funny you care about our homeless and vets now. Where before this crisis you labeled them “lazy” and “abusers” of the social system!

      No! Your own grandparents came to this country to escape a war and for some reason you think it’s wrong when they are doing the same thing. Shouldn’t you leave since there is no war now in Europe?!?

      Your opinion is no different than an any other ISIS group and I thank Jeff Lehman. On this point for acting on behalf of the true Canadian!!

      As for the rest of your rhetoric. The suicide boomers were FRENCH. They weren’t even from the Middle East! And because you think kids are taught, it’s ok to banish them? Should we remove our child porn laws as well? As you think these kids are able to make such choices.

      The public school is secular not belonging to one religion and there is no war on Christmas. Thanks again Jeff. For rejecting the extremists like that of Barb Sim. She has no place in our modern society

  2. Bud YTork says:

    I agree with Barb 100%.

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