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Oct 2, 2015 0 Comments

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Authors: Candice Malcolm

Critics of Prime Minister Stephen Harper often accuse him of using the so-called “politics of fear and division,” especially when it comes to immigration and Canada’s national security.

It is a favorite line of attack against the Conservative government. But is Harper really fear-mongering to attract votes, or is he simply being honest with Canadians about the threats we face?

During the recent foreign policy debate, for example, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair criticized the Harper government’s refugee policy and took issue with their handling of the MV Sun Sea, the boat that arrived on Canada’s west coast in 2010 carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan migrants.

Mulcair was appalled and chided Harper because one of his cabinet ministers had said the boat was carrying terrorists.

The problem, of course, is that the MV Sun Sea was carrying terrorists.

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