Foreign Policy

All-leader meeting needed to reach consensus on migrant crisis: Trudeau (CBC News)

Michelle Zilio (CTV News): Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is calling on the federal party leaders to put politics aside and hold an unprecedented meeting to reach a Canadians consensus on the Syrian refugee crisis. Trudeau…


“Canada’s refugee policies are mean and incompetent” (The Toronto Star)

Lorne Waldman and Lobat Sadrehashemi (The Toronto Star): Children are washing up lifeless on beaches and Canada has turned its back. This Syrian refugee crisis is one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in recent memory…


“The cost of mindless, heartless message control” (The Toronto Star)

Robin V. Sears (The Toronto Star): Politics is defined by dialogue. Successful politicians know how to listen, to respond respectfully and through that dialogue, learn. Some Canadian politicians’ increasing fascination with steely message discipline at…



“Staff warned group not to publicize John Tory’s support for refugee efforts” (The Globe and Mail)

Joe Friesen (The Globe and Mail): Two months before Toronto Mayor John Tory personally donated money to sponsor a refugee family through a group called Lifeline Syria, his staff warned that the mayor could not…


“Refugee Mailouts From Tories Surface Online Amid Crisis In Syria” (The Huffington Post Canada)

Ryan Maloney (The Huffington Post Canada): The tragic image of a Syrian boy lying dead on a Turkish beach spurred difficult questions this week about whether or not Canada is doing enough for refugees in…


“Harper says root cause of Syrian boy’s death is ISIS terror” (The National Observer)

Mychaylo Prystupa (The National Observer): Canadian federal leaders pivoted the election Thursday entirely to the death of a three-year-old Syrian toddler, whose lifeless face-down-into-a- beach body was shown in news photos worldwide Wednesday. The incident has…


“Harper’s Canada has more than one refugee death on its hands” (The Guardian)

Martin Lukacs (The Guardian): Undeserving people exploiting the generosity of a benevolent government. Cheating an application process. Taking advantage of welfare. Stealing our jobs. That is the image of “bogus refugees” that Canada’s Conservative government has…


“Canadians divided along political lines over whether to accept thousands of refugees in current crisis” (Angus Reid)

The Angus Reid Institute: With the Harper government under fire on the campaign trail for its reaction to the European migrant crisis and refugee policy in general, new data from the Angus Reid Institute shows…


“Divergent views on Canada’s military role in Middle East hits campaign trail” (The Toronto Sun)

Bruce Cheadle (The Canadian Press): Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair put forward sharply contrasting visions Friday of the role Canada’s military should play in relieving the international humanitarian crisis that has…