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Mayor Tory: Toronto will continue to welcome refugees and new Canadians

In response to US President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 120 days in order to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists”, Toronto Mayor John Tory released a statement on January 28, 2017 reaffirming his commitment to welcoming refugees.

“Toronto is the most diverse city in the world. Our citizens come from every part of the globe, and arrived here looking for opportunity, equality and, often, safe harbour. While there is still work to be done, I am proud of our city’s legacy of acceptance and inclusion, and the fact that our economy relies on the hard work and expertise of people of all backgrounds. Our city’s motto is ‘diversity is our strength’. We understand that as Canadians we are almost all immigrants, and that no one should be excluded on the basis of their ethnicity or nationality. I have reached out to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to offer any help and support the city can provide in light of recent events. As our federal government continues to enforce Canadian immigration policy with focus on the safety and security of our entire nation, Toronto will continue to welcome refugees and new Canadians.”

Tory’s message echoed that of Prime Minister Trudeau, who tweeted the following: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”

Trump’s executive order gives priority to victims of religious-based persecution, which has been labelled “Islamophobic” by the mainstream media.

The provision says: “Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality. Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.”

Trudeau has consistently refused to prioritize resettlement of refugees based on religion. He came under fire from the Conservatives for “abandoning” the Yezidis, who are targeted by ISIS for rape, torture and murder.

Of the more than 39,000 Syrian refugees who were resettled under the Liberal program since December 2015, only a handful of Yezidis were able to enter Canada.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at


  1. Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban” was implemented by the Obama administration

    Look after the people already in your city

    You have enough people who can not get jobs plus people on the streets.

    So why would you bring other people in. We owe enough money.

    And our Transportation is a disgrace.

    Get on with the things that count.

  2. What an idiotic irrational decision maker.

  3. 2001 Obama blocked all Iraqi refugees for a six month period,where were the Libs and protests back then ?

  4. Mayor Tory – why don’t you wait until you find out who killed those people in Quebec at the mosque????

  5. Wait until Trump shuts down the Canada USA border. These idiot Liberal politicians have no clue what they are getting themselves into.

  6. Tory you are a idiot and a disgrace as a mayor. Cut from the same liberal maggot cloth as the idiot Trudeau

    • Seems with all of his problems in his personal life Rob Ford was a much better mayor! I think he’d be thinking like Trump but would he dare say so? I think he would have.

    • Peggy Hoover oh he sure would of Peggy. There are no true men left that stood up for them selves. They just pander to who ever the flavour of the day is. Where in big trouble in this country

  7. Is he going to support them?

  8. How about a simple analysis of gun crime by race in Toronto..take refugees based on that

  9. So? This man couldn’t stop it if he wanted to. He doesn’t have the authority because it is a federal jurisdiction. The statement is meaningless.

  10. LOL, the muslims will fit in nicely in Torontastan.

  11. Don’t forget to allocate additional funds for infrastructure, transit , childcare, and education.

  12. Who paying for these refugees I don’t think Tory is

  13. Ya, and you and Trudeau will signal to the US that you don’t care about the Canadian economy or renegotiating NAFA favourably to us… THANKS for NOTHING

  14. isnt he the one that wants to declare war on the states…save us from morons 🙁 or why with all the foreign aid being sent to these areas cant this poor people be protected there and help rebuild their own country.

  15. Why is it when Barack bin Laden did it it was ok?
    But Trump does it and there’s nothing but tears of horror?

    • barry was a liberal and Trump is “none of the above” He knows all political parties are one and the same… nwo establishment.

  16. Tory, worry about the Gardiner Expressway before it collapse.

  17. All you liberals are nothing but a big joke. LOOK AFTER OUR OWN before you welcome more immigrants. What is wrong with you idiots. We have people suffering here. Let the governments of these countries take care of their own. If they fight with each other then so be it. The muslim nations have been trying to take over other countries for thousands of years, don’t that tell you something. They only want muslim religion in the world. No other religion matters to them. That’s why they are killing people in their countries. Soon Canada will be like Germany and France and Sweden with all the rapes and attacks. Wake up you fools.

    • Well said l could have not said this any better, they all need to wake up because one of their so called Muslim leaders said in a video that they are going to take over our country with in.

    • Ruth Gravel they can Ruth but Trudeau is buying votes and making out to the world he is a great guy. They don’t know how Canada has went down hill since he came in. He is destroying our peace loving country. I have never seen such anger before and it all falls in to Soros plan and Trudeau is to stubborn to admit it. I want my old Canada bac🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

    • Ruth Gravel several killed in Quebec City at a Mosque – wouldn’t it be interesting to this mayor if it were terrorism???

    • Wallace Cooper I agree Trudeau is buying votes, Yes Canada has gone down hill since he got in. Yes he has destroyed our peace loving country. Yes Trudeau is stubborn because he well not admit that he is destroying our country. Look what happen when Trump put a ban for 90 days on Muslim coming into US until he can check them out more, all he is doing is trying to make it safe for his people. And Justin Trudeau says that all Canadian Welcome these refugees into our country with open arms, he needs to be checking them out more, if he cared about our safety. Have you read anything about what has happened in Dearborn Michigan they have taken over the whole city and all the store signs are in their language not ours. The Mayor, Police Force are all Muslim l saw a video about this and it was somebody that had lived their all his life, that made it and he said that it is like he was in their country not his. Do we want our future of Canada to be like this. If Justin don’t stop bring these kind of refugees into our country this is what well happen here.

  18. All for a vote
    Tory you dont love or care about us you care about being voted back in. All you politicians are the same.

  19. Where will you get the money to support them ,make road toll to all roads in Toronto ,, or sell the City Hall and rent from the new owners ,

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