With today's international crisis of Syrian refugees exploding, including the tragic death of a 3-year-old boy, his brother and mother off Turkey, it's put a strong focus on the record of Stephen Harper's government on refugees in general.
We have a commitment to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees come to Canada which the government has barely begun to honour.
We have a government that played politics with the refugee issue by cutting off health care to refugee claimants and other social supports in a bid to placate the Conservative Party base, which generally hates refugees. When the Ontario government stepped in to offer health care coverage to refugees after the Harper government abandoned them, Minister Chris Alexander scolded the Wynne administration for its compassionate move.
What are some other big accomplishments by Alexander in his role as Citizenship Minister? Trying to confuse the niqab and the hijab in the minds of Canadians and further poisoning relations between Muslim-Canadians and non-Muslim Canadians.
And now yesterday, have a look at Alexander in action trying to blame the media for not spending enough time covering the refugee crisis hitting Europe, and getting caught in a lie. His argument seemed to be that he was unwilling to do anything about a crisis unless the media gave it more coverage. This helps explain the Harper government's panicked response today to the international attention.
Chris Alexander is a petty, petty man!
His recent performance reinforces the need to not only defeat him, but also the entire Harper government this election.
It just so happens that Alexander is one of many low-hanging Tory fruit running for re-election in Ajax, Ontario, and quite vulnerable to defeat. He's facing off against the former Liberal incumbent, Mark Holland, who lost by a small margin last time to Alexander due to the 2011 Liberal vote collapse.
This time, Holland looks well-positioned to take back the seat and rid Canada of Alexander's pettiness, at least in the House of Commons. If I lived in Ajax, I'd most definitely vote for Holland. At any rate, I will be donating to Holland's local campaign. I encourage you to as well.
And if you live in Ajax riding, please vote for Mark Holland on Oct 19th!