There are many concerns with respect to bringing refugees into our country/province/city. Of course, everyone is terror-fied about the possibility/probability that some who enter will be members of ISIS or Al Queda, but there are more concerns abound.
My husband and I live in Toronto, and our crumbling infrastructure will not support 10,000 more people, regardless of from where they stem. I am also wondering if these people are being questioned as to what their prior lifestyle was, to find out if living in a big city will be best for them, or if they will be most uncomfortable and would prefer somewhere more rural. Many may have been farmers and would prefer living where they could farm, raise animals, be somewhere more in keeping with the lifestyle which they had back home. To assume everyone wants to live in a big city is wrong.
I also fear for many who will not be welcomed, as they have forgotten the adage, there but for the grace of God go I. And if you don’t believe specifically in “God” feel free to substitute whichever deity in which/whom you believe.
Something else to consider is how many terrorists are already living in our neighbourhoods. We cannot assume everyone living in Canada is a good person, is someone happy with the adage live and let live. Many use religion as an excuse to hate others, and sometimes, hurt or kill others. I also like the saying; I don’t agree with your way of thinking/believing, but I’ll fight to the death your right to believe. Well, I won’t fight to the death, but I do respect the rights of others to believe differently, to pray differently. I only ask that it not be taken to extremes, which means don’t deface temples, churches or mosques or fear that which is different so much you feel you must destroy that which stands as a representation of other people’s belief systems.
The problem is, past governments have encouraged people who emigrated here to keep their lifestyles and customs, rather than encouraging them to fit in, you know, like the old proverb; when in Rome, do as the Romans. Often people want to become acclimatized, but for a few s-disturbers who expect, nay, demand that Canada change her customs to suit them. Hence, for the past few years, we were forbidden to say Merry Christmas for fear we’d be seen as racist but that’s no longer the case. I told Walmart at that time that if they can have a sign reading Happy Diwali, and are more than happy to take my money for Christmas gifts, then they should respect those who celebrate Christmas. There is nothing wrong with saying Merry Christmas, and anyone who could ever possibly be offended by being wished a Happy anything has a problem; just stop trying to make it an issue of racism. Canada is a Christian-based country which welcomes all other cultures and religions, but when these refugees are brought in, I can only hope they will love Canada, appreciate that we rescued them, and adapt to our way of life, including the use of soap, anti-per spirant, mouthwash or at the very least, breath mints. And regardless of what your custom is for dressing, it’s only common sense that in winter, people wear winter coats, boots, etc. To continue to wear thinly made clothes and sandals or flip-flops is just plain idiocy.