In the Globe & Mail, an adviser for a group which bills itself as the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform has come out in favour of the new security perimeter agreement with the United States. As usual, the Globe is very sparing in its gloss on author James Bissett, who is said only to be “a former Canadian ambassador” and a member of the group in question. “Fear not, Canada,” says Bissett: we are at a “historic moment” and the ceding of sovereignty will turn out just fine. He is surprisingly unable to articulate a single strong reason why this is actually a good agreement, aside from vague suggestions that it is only “natural” to pursue integration and that we must calm American fears about Canada being an easy port of entry for terrorists.
Like most think tanks, the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform claims to be both independent and non-partisan. It’s certainly not non-partisan. It’s impossible to tell whether it’s independent because it doesn’t disclose potential conflicts of interest.Tweet