C3RF Press Release on UN Global Compact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Major Russ Cooper (Ret'd)

Email: russ.cooper@canadiancitizens.org

Canadian Non-Profit Raises Serious Objections to Canada's Signing of the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (to be signed in Morocco 10/11 December, 2018)

[Ottawa, Ontario, 05 December, 2018]

Major Russ Cooper (Ret’d), Co-Chair of the Non Profit, Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms (C3RF), has issued a call to action by Canadians to join a rally in Ottawa on 08 December, 2018 on Parliament Hill at 11 AM and to write letters to their MPs on the negative impacts associated with signing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The rally is jointly sponsored by a variety of groups, including C3RF, that worry that the international Compact will come at the cost of national sovereignty, security and individual Charter Rights that Canadians see as fundamental to their citizenship. Major Cooper requests that letters written to political leaders stress the fact that the Compact has not been debated by Canadians even though it stands to effect a sea-change in the nation’s approach to migration, border control and national security.

The Global Compact on Migration has been turned down by several nations, including the United States, for these and other reasons. These include the fact that the international agreement proposes to treat migration as a “human right” capable of overriding the national security concerns, values, cultures, self determination and social and fiscal capacities of destination countries. It suggests that any and all migrants be allowed to enter any country with national agencies established to aid in this decision-making process. The Compact then goes beyond logistical considerations to make migration a one-way street with destination countries responsible for the provision of “culturally sensitive” health, education and social services while it takes measures to assure that the host population is disabused from challenging any aspect of migration programs or migrant behaviour. There is no need for migrants to assimilate within their new home. Indeed, the words assimilate” and “assimilation” do not appear in the Compact. This intrusion in the national life of a country is beyond the pale and threatens social cohesion with no recourse for amelioration. Canadians must not sit idly by while the current Liberal government agrees to limit freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and implements an overall bias against those who would defend Canada's right to control its own borders.

Background

Canadians find themselves facing a loss of national sovereignty and fundamental freedoms at the 11th hour as their signature on the Global Compact on Migration looms. There is little doubt that such a lack of transparency serves the purposes of a political leadership that is not looking out for its constituents but, rather, a globalist elite with other priorities in mind. Looking back, there were some clues of what was to come:

  • Shortly after coming to power PM Trudeau declared to the New York Times that Canada has no core values and is the first among “post-national states”;

  • In December, 2016, the Liberal Party tabled Motion M-103 that called for “quelling” a national affliction of systemic racism and religious discrimination – including Islamophobia. Such unfounded accusations are in line with assumptions embedded within the Compact;

  • Throughout the M-103 approval process the Liberal Party refused to reconsider the use of the term Islamophobia in M-103. It insisted on retaining the ambiguity resonant within the term thus leaving the door open to interpreting the criticism of religious doctrine and beliefs as beyond the limits of “free speech” – as is the case with limits proposed by the Compact; and

  • Once the M-103 Report was submitted, the Government responded by carving out $23 million from in-place budget provisions to satisfy related initiatives. In this fashion, no “Bill” was required for debate and funding purposes. Similarly, the Global Compact is advertised as innocuous as it is “non-binding” and not worthy of close inspection. (see “backgrounder material” for why non-binding isn’t what it seems)

Fact is, the Global Compact on Migration is worthy of very close inspection as it calls for a number of accommodations capable of depleting national resources and stunting personal liberties. These include:

  • Objective 2 which commits destination nations to the elimination of poverty and social inequity in originating nations;

  • Objective 5 requirement to assist migrants with identifying the best host country for their needs;

  • Objective 7 stipulation that calls for “irregular” status migrants to be considered for “regular” status;

  • Objective 16 direction to accommodate family reunification programs thereby expanding, exponentially, the flow rate of migration;

  • Objective 17 requirement to eliminate “all forms of discrimination” in the host population including those that call into question the political opinions of migrants. Here we can see Motion M-103 as a precursor for a larger, more comprehensive Global Compact initiative;

  • Objective 17 direction to tightly control criticism of migrants and migration programs;

  • Objective 17 restrictions on media outlets and professionals to ensure they are properly “sensitized” and “educated” in matters pertaining to migration;

  • Objective 20 stipulations that faster, better, more efficient remittance programs be developed to funnel monies out of destination and into originating nations; and

  • Objective 22 requirement to make all migrant-gained social benefits and pensions portable to any other jurisdictions of his or her choice.

For further information please review the “Backgrounder Material” enclosed below or contact Major Russ Cooper (Ret’d) at

russ.cooper@canadiancitizens.org

Background Material

[About C3RF]

Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms (C3RF) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the preservation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of everyday Canadians. It is comprised of more than 5,000 Canadians from across the land. These folks are representative of all the ethnicities, religions and creeds that make Canada the multi-cultural miracle that it is. C3RF members believe that this multi-cultural miracle is based on fundamental, individual rights that have the power to unite all Canadians through the shared believe that these freedoms best serve the national project.

C3RF originated and grew rapidly out of the Government of Canada’s advancement of Motion M-103. This motion was seen as both demeaning and misinformed as it accused Canadians of systemic racism and religious discrimination. This, even as it framed the term “Islamophobia” as being benign and not meant to shield one religion before and above all others. Given the use of the term in the European context over the previous two decades, C3RF members did not believe this to be the case and worked diligently to make their disagreement known. Although the Motion went on to be approved by a majority Liberal government, the membership was successful in generating a national debate and derailing the “slam-dunk” that Motion M-103 was meant to be.

At the end of the day, they were correct in their assessment of Islamophobia being a weaponized term designed to protect Islam from criticism. This was borne out in Europe when the European Human Rights Court recently declared that defamation of the prophet Mohammad exceeded the “permissible limits” of freedom of expression. In the Canadian context, we now see the country’s Prime Minister calling opponents of his plan to coddle returning ISIS fighters as “Islamophobic”. It is clear that Motion M-103 was meant to run cover for sharia speech codes that criminalize blasphemy through the weaponization of the concept of Islamophobia. It is also clear that this concept is endorsed by Canada’s political elite and is working to stifle the fundamental right of Canadians to express themselves in opposition to certain ideas and ideologies.

[The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration – an “M-103 on Steroids”]

It is in this brave, new Canadian context that we can see the signing of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as accommodating an “M-103 on steroids”. How else to describe a U.N. covenant that will open up the world’s national borders, establish “regular pathways” for migration and make any opposition to such fundamental and draconian measures unacceptable. Indeed, we are already seeing Canada’s Minister of Immigration calling out citizens for being “not Canadian”. In a similar fashion, we are also told by the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary that we are “alt-right” for opposing the loss of our national borders and security. It truly seems as if the M-103 playbook is being rolled out once again. A playbook that uses false accusations, intimidation and insults to distract from narratives that cannot stand a thorough scrutiny.

[Europe has already been here – the test run]

The fact that the Compact has been scrutinized and found to be lacking is exemplified by the growing number of nations that are refusing to sign it in Morocco on 10/ 11 December, 2018. These countries include the United States, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Israel and Estonia with Austria, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland likely to follow. The United States is on record as pulling out due to sovereignty concerns as the Compact calls for the coordination of border controls and the supremacy of international law. Hungary notes that the Compact lionizes migration when it cannot be seen as a plus when it poses such an existential threat to national security.

It would be difficult to argue with Hungary’s assessment given the fact that the Global Compact on Migration has already undergone a test-run in an “open borders” European Union. This initiative, under the guise of offering refuge to Syrians fleeing Middle-East war, has seen millions of mostly fighting age, Muslim men flow into Europe over the past several years. Sweden and Germany have been particularly generous in their acceptance of such migration and have been rewarded accordingly. Sweden is experiencing soaring violent crime rates characterized by shootings, grenades, gang warfare and “no-go zones” where first and second-generation immigrants hold sway. Germany is likewise afflicted with the worst kind of violence in the form of terrorism. The prosecution of such cases is now exceeding the capacity of the security and jurisprudence systems to blunt and punish them respectively. How would the Global Compact on Migration prevent such outcomes in Canada?

[Canada on the cusp of losing itself?]

Problem is, the Compact is not structured to deal with the curtailment of such possibilities. It is written from the perspective that migration is a culturally enriching prospect for the gaining country and, as such, entails no responsibility for the migrant to assimilate within a host culture. Indeed, the terms “assimilate” or “assimilation” are nowhere to be found within the document. Rather than this, the document is replete with guidance that calls upon the host country to deliver programs, including health, education and work services, in a “culturally sensitive” fashion. The Compact is a one-way street in this regard.

[No Problem – it’s “non-binding”]

A popular, but disingenuous, argument for the signing of the Compact is, “no problem, it’s non-binding”. One would be wise, however, to assume that a Canadian signature on the Compact on Migration would result in a requirement to fulfil the formal obligations noted above. This is the case as Canadian courts frequently turn to international agreements, particularly in the human rights domain, when “interpreting the meaning and scope of particular rights and liberties in Canadian law”. It was in this fashion that Canada’s Supreme Court reviewed the constitutionality of some of Canada’s laws against hate speech and decided that international norms were sufficiently formed to justify the restriction of Canadian free speech provisions in the national Charter. International agreements might also be directed by the Parliament itself to address ordinary, non-constitutional law in the Canadian context. One such relevant initiative was the enactment of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act wherein Parliament specifically directed that it should be interpreted in a way which best “complies with international human rights instruments to which Canada is signatory”. It would be safe to say that Canada will feel compelled to honour what it signs in Morocco this December – and sooner rather than later.

[Are Canada’s new leaders the globalist elite? Or you?]

All this to say that the Compact cannot be seen as disposable or in the national interest. In the matter of national interest, it can easily be seen to have been designed to work against such priorities. Indeed, it can be seen to purposely operate in favour of a global enterprise in the form of U.N. Agenda 2030. This shift in emphasis, from the national to the global, represents a seismic transformation of the relationship between Canadians and their elected leaders. Did Canadians, past and present, serve their country in military capacities to fight and die for such an understanding? It needs to be said, if a nation’s leaders are not operating in the best interests of their constituents then should they be allowed to continue leading?

By signing onto the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration Canada’s elected leaders are breaking this trust without so much as a consultative “how do you do” from the Canadians that will be footing the incredibly expensive bills and loss of sovereignty and security that will most certainly follow. With this Compact, Canadian leadership elite have commenced down a path that sees them writing cheques that their electorate cannot possibly cash.

If the Government of Canada proceeds to sign the Compact without a clear understanding that Canadians support such a transformative initiative, there will be a price to be paid. That price will be evident at the close of next year’s federal election - an election that will see the Compact on Migration as the “ballot-box” question. To all those that hear this message, please do your best to advise the Government of Canada on the folly that they are about to bestow on the citizens of Canada. Do that and attend the Rally against the signing of the Compact on Parliament Hill, this Saturday, 08 December, 2018 beginning at 11AM.

Major Russ Cooper (Ret'd)

Co-Chair C3RF

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