VIDEO: Hamilton protest of UN migration pact

News Dec 10, 2018 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

A group of 20 to 30 protesters voiced their displeasure with the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in front of Hamilton City Hall on Dec. 8.

The event drew a small group of counter-protesters from Hamilton Against Fascism, who stood on the opposite side of Main Street.

The UN compact, that was set to be signed Monday in Marrakech, Morocco, is geared toward the sharing of best practices in addressing the global refugee crisis, according to federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who has argued the compact could erode Canadian sovereignty, has pledged to withdraw Canada from the UN migration pact if his party wins the 2019 election.

Scheer's views have been refuted by Chris Alexander, a former immigration minister under the Stephen Harper government.

"Scheer’s statement is factually incorrect: this compact is a political declaration, not a legally binding treaty: it has no impact on our sovereignty. Canada has always been a champion & example of safe, orderly & regular migration," Alexander said in a tweet.

Lisa Givens, who organized the Hamilton protest, said although the migration compact isn’t legally binding, it could allow Canadian immigration policy to be dictated by the UN.

“We’re right on top of our heads,” said Givens. “We no longer can be quiet.”

Givens said the Hamilton protest was one of 22 similar events planned across Canada, in solidarity with the so-called yellow vest demonstrations in France. The yellow vest demonstrators have been protesting increases in fuel taxes and the cost of living, among other things.

The UN compact was borne out of the escalating refugee crisis facing Europe in 2015, when more than a million migrants crossed the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. The compact sets out a comprehensive approach to international migration that aims at collaboration between states, strengthens regular migration pathways, tackles irregular migration and protects migrants’ rights.

— With files from the Toronto Star

VIDEO: Hamilton protest of UN migration pact

News Dec 10, 2018 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

A group of 20 to 30 protesters voiced their displeasure with the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in front of Hamilton City Hall on Dec. 8.

The event drew a small group of counter-protesters from Hamilton Against Fascism, who stood on the opposite side of Main Street.

The UN compact, that was set to be signed Monday in Marrakech, Morocco, is geared toward the sharing of best practices in addressing the global refugee crisis, according to federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who has argued the compact could erode Canadian sovereignty, has pledged to withdraw Canada from the UN migration pact if his party wins the 2019 election.

Scheer's views have been refuted by Chris Alexander, a former immigration minister under the Stephen Harper government.

"Scheer’s statement is factually incorrect: this compact is a political declaration, not a legally binding treaty: it has no impact on our sovereignty. Canada has always been a champion & example of safe, orderly & regular migration," Alexander said in a tweet.

Lisa Givens, who organized the Hamilton protest, said although the migration compact isn’t legally binding, it could allow Canadian immigration policy to be dictated by the UN.

“We’re right on top of our heads,” said Givens. “We no longer can be quiet.”

Givens said the Hamilton protest was one of 22 similar events planned across Canada, in solidarity with the so-called yellow vest demonstrations in France. The yellow vest demonstrators have been protesting increases in fuel taxes and the cost of living, among other things.

The UN compact was borne out of the escalating refugee crisis facing Europe in 2015, when more than a million migrants crossed the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. The compact sets out a comprehensive approach to international migration that aims at collaboration between states, strengthens regular migration pathways, tackles irregular migration and protects migrants’ rights.

— With files from the Toronto Star

VIDEO: Hamilton protest of UN migration pact

News Dec 10, 2018 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

A group of 20 to 30 protesters voiced their displeasure with the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in front of Hamilton City Hall on Dec. 8.

The event drew a small group of counter-protesters from Hamilton Against Fascism, who stood on the opposite side of Main Street.

The UN compact, that was set to be signed Monday in Marrakech, Morocco, is geared toward the sharing of best practices in addressing the global refugee crisis, according to federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who has argued the compact could erode Canadian sovereignty, has pledged to withdraw Canada from the UN migration pact if his party wins the 2019 election.

Scheer's views have been refuted by Chris Alexander, a former immigration minister under the Stephen Harper government.

"Scheer’s statement is factually incorrect: this compact is a political declaration, not a legally binding treaty: it has no impact on our sovereignty. Canada has always been a champion & example of safe, orderly & regular migration," Alexander said in a tweet.

Lisa Givens, who organized the Hamilton protest, said although the migration compact isn’t legally binding, it could allow Canadian immigration policy to be dictated by the UN.

“We’re right on top of our heads,” said Givens. “We no longer can be quiet.”

Givens said the Hamilton protest was one of 22 similar events planned across Canada, in solidarity with the so-called yellow vest demonstrations in France. The yellow vest demonstrators have been protesting increases in fuel taxes and the cost of living, among other things.

The UN compact was borne out of the escalating refugee crisis facing Europe in 2015, when more than a million migrants crossed the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. The compact sets out a comprehensive approach to international migration that aims at collaboration between states, strengthens regular migration pathways, tackles irregular migration and protects migrants’ rights.

— With files from the Toronto Star