Canada’s Immigration & Refugee Numbers Should Be Decided In A National Referendum

Let the Canadian people decide.

With Bob Rae recommending that Canada grant refugee status to the Rohingya in Myanmar, and the Trudeau government having apparently agreed to bring in rejected asylum claimants from Israel, the debate over Canada’s immigration refugee policies is set to continue.

Unfortunately, this debate often gets messed up because of political correctness. Despite repeated polls showing Canadians want reduced immigration and reduced refugee numbers, politicians are afraid to say that. As a result, the debate over immigration and refugee policy happens in a very narrow range, often leaving out the views of a majority of Canadians.

That’s why the time has come for a totally different approach to immigration and refugee policy:

Every 5 or 10 years, Canada’s immigration and refugee numbers should be decided in a national referendum.

The reason for this is clear: Because immigration and refugee policy has such wide-ranging and long-term ramifications for the future of our nation, it’s not acceptable for it to be left to the whim of whichever government happens to be in power.

A referendum would give a chance for all viewpoints to be expressed, as “experts” would have to make the argument for why much higher immigration and more refugee numbers are good, instead of just being able to attack people who want different policies as “racists” or “bigots.”

There is a precedent for this. In Switzerland – one of the world’s most democratic countries (not counting the globalist gathering in Davos) – the government regularly puts important issues such as immigration to nationwide referendums:

“In a 2014 referendum, voters narrowly backed upper limits and quotas to reduce immigration from the EU, amid concerns that foreigners who already make up a quarter of Switzerland’s population were continuing to flood into the country. The quotas were then enshrined in the Swiss constitution.”

In Canada, voters could be given a preferential referendum ballot, with choices ranging from a complete stop to immigration and refugees coming to Canada, to a reduction in the numbers, to keeping things the same as current policy, or increasing the numbers.

This would give advocates for all positions the chance to make their argument, and would give Canadians the chance to actually be heard on a very important issue.

After all, an Angus Reid poll from 2017 showed that 57% Canadians believe “Canada should accept fewer immigrants and refugees.” Yet, the Trudeau government is going in the opposite direction, planning a massive increase compared to the numbers under the previous Harper government.

Why should the government be allowed to go against what the people want? Why aren’t we allowed to vote on it directly?

It’s time to restore some real democracy to Canada, and give our citizens a referendum on immigration and refugee numbers.

Spencer Fernando

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