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Neve’s suggestion regarding immigration to Canada undermines security

By Phil Gurski      

Is Alex Neve seriously of the opinion that Canada has no interest in vetting potential visitors who may in fact be terrorists and who may intend us harm? Really?

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, pictured in a Hill scrum. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—I have been a supporter of Amnesty International and its work for decades. I admire the positions it adopts and the advocacy it employs in the interests of prisoners of conscience, among other good work. But I have not always agreed with Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada. He has often been critical of our national security architecture—his defence of Omar Khadr as a ‘child soldier’ is just one example—as is his right. Organizations such as CSIS and the RCMP need their gadfly, but his recent take on the problems with Canada’s visa immigration system is beyond reason.

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