Canadian History in the News: The past is always a part of the present. This blog series looks at current events and stories that have a Canadian history element to them and I offer my opinion on the subject.
Jewish women refugees aboard the M.S. St. Louis (May 1939).
Hello everyone! Thank you for all the well wishes in my going away post. I had the most wonderful time in both the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Now back to business——The Migrant Crisis (unsurprisingly) dominates European news channels. When I came home, I found that coverage of the crisis had picked up here while I was gone. If you pay attention to the rhetoric of those who are critical of the government’s response to the situation, you will notice that they often use Canadian history to further their argument. These historical citations are always mentioned in passing though and never really discussed. Now there are many, many examples of Canada being both welcoming and unwelcoming to refugees. After all, with a definition like this…
Refugee: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
…it should be no surprise that refugees have been coming to Canada for centuries. For the sake of brevity however, this post will focus on Canadian efforts from the Second World War onwards and look at three periods that critics reference with regards to today’s crisis. Continue reading