Hey, Diane Finley! First off, let me just say that you totally rock those tinted glasses and that having Graves’ Disease must suck. Mad props to you, D-Fin.
Now, as to the meat of this missive: Sweden is making us look bad. I know, I know, it’s already a bit of an uphill battle what with IKEA and all. Those meatballs are tough competition, after all. And plus, I think they have fjords, and that’s tough. But until now I think we’ve managed to acquit ourselves quite respectably.
But Diane. Come on. It’s the whole Iraqi refugees issue. Sweden has allowed in 25,000+ Iraqi refugees in the last two years alone. Meanwhile, over the same time span, we’ve admitted about a thousand. This would be a permissible ratio if Sweden was a much bigger country than us, but Canada’s population is over three times the size of Sweden’s. If we were taking in refugees at the rate that Sweden is, we’d have over 78,000 in-country at this point.
Now, I’m not saying that we’re bound to take in refugees at the same rate as Sweden, but could we at least manage a figure that’s not embarrassing by comparison? Please?