VANCOUVER, June 7 /CNW/ - The Fraser Institute, Canada's leading
independent research organization, is hosting a conference in Toronto to
discuss immigration policy and how it relates to the threat of terrorism in
Canada and the United States.
"It's become obvious in recent years that Canada's flawed refugee system
and a lack of political will to reform the program have been major factors in
making Canada a prime destination for terrorists," said Martin Collacott, a
senior fellow with the Institute and co-chair of the conference.
"This conference is an attempt to generate discussion about policy
options for governments. We can't hide behind political correctness; both
Canada and the U.S. need to carefully examine the links between immigration
policy, security and the potential for terrorism."
Canada and the U.S. share the world's longest undefended border. But
since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre,
security has become a priority for the Americans, said Alexander Moens, Fraser
Institute senior fellow, professor of political science at Simon Fraser
University and conference co-chair.
"The United States is Canada's largest trading partner. For our own
economic security and well-being, Canada needs to ensure that our immigration
and refugee policy is not perceived as posing a potential threat to the U.S."
Scheduled for June 28 and 29 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, the
conference has lined up a wide array of experts in immigration policy and
security, and journalists who have written about immigration and terrorism.
These are some of the 17 featured speakers:
Bat Ye'or - World-renowned author of Islam and Dhimmitude: Where
Civilizations Collide and Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis.
Kim Bolan - reporter with the Vancouver Sun and author. She won the PEN
Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Prize in 2006 for her coverage of the Air-India
story while under death threats and is the author of Loss of Faith: How
the Air-India Bombers Got Away With Murder. She will speak on Sikh
extremism in Canada.
Steven Emerson - A leading authority on Islamic extremist networks,
financing, and operations, he is the executive director of the
Investigative Project on Terrorism, which he launched in 1995 after the
broadcast of his award-winning documentary, Jihad in America. Nearly
every one of the terrorist suspects and groups first identified in his
1994 film have been indicted, convicted, or deported since 9-11. He will
discuss the presence and influence of terrorists and their supporters in
Canada and the United States.
Stewart Bell - A veteran investigative reporter and foreign
correspondent, he has been writing about terrorism for more than twelve
years, playing a central role in alerting Canadians to the threat posed
by foreign and Canadian-born terrorists in Canada. He is the author of
Cold War: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism Around the World. He
will speak about Canada's response to terrorism since 9/11.
James Bissett - former executive director of the Canadian Immigration
Service, Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Albania, and
Canadian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. He will join Mark
Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration studies in
Washington DC, to discuss security concerns in immigration and refugee
Other highlights include a media panel with Globe and Mail columnist
Margaret Wente and Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant. The two will
discuss what it is like to be on the front lines debating immigration,
terrorism and ethnic politics.
Collacott and Moens said their aim is for the conference to inform the
public and describe the terrorist threat for what it is. Participants at the
conference will also examine and compare Canadian, U.S. and European
government policies for dealing with terrorism. The objective is to analyze
strengths and weaknesses in these policies and formulate recommendations that
could provide a better balance between immigration and national security.
Additional information on the conference and registration forms is
available at www.fraserinstitute.ca.
What: Fraser Institute Conference on Immigration Policy, Border Controls
and the Terrorist Threat in Canada and the United States
When: June 28 - 29, 2007
Where: Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto
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organization based in Canada. Its mission is to measure, study, and
communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on
the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does
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