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Border security and immigration control are not contrary to Liberal values

By Kelly Sundberg      

While some may view increasing Canada’s level of border security and immigration control as a partisan issue—perceiving such a move as being too ‘enforcement’ focused—the reality is border security and immigration control play fundamental parts in maintaining Canadian sovereignty and ensuring public safety and security.

Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair, pictured July 24, 2018, in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, the newly appointed minister of border security and organized crime reduction, faces a significant challenge in his new job. While the Liberal government seemingly is seeking to open Canada’s borders as a means to encourage international trade and promote refugee protection, a recent poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute suggests many Canadians feel our borders need to be more aptly secured and immigration controls increased.

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