PRESS RELEASE – Aug 12, 1999


“Canada faces the most serious security crisis since the FLQ in 1970,” says Paul Fromm, Director of the Canada First Immigration Reform Committee. “The complete failure of successive governments to take control of our borders has made it open season on Canada.”

To deal with this, Fromm urges members of all political parties to demand the recall of Parliament for an emergency session to invoke the “notwithstanding” clause, overturn recent Supreme Court decisions, and decree that only those who apply from abroad will be considered for immigrant or refugee status in Canada. “Either Canada is in control of its borders or it is not. Presently, unelected judges have thwarted our ability to protect Canadians from scamsters and criminals,” he says.

Fromm points to the latest apprehension in Gilbert Bay, British Columbia of an unmarked foreign vessel with a reported 150 Chinese illegals aboard .

“The criminal flesh peddlers, the ‘snakeheads’, who have been doing this for some time faced a temporary problem when their July incursion was accidentally intercepted. This was a test of Canadian resolve” says Fromm.

“It didn’t take long to determine that Canada’s political leadership was bankrupt. Instead of swiftly deporting the bogus illegals, who carried no identification and had tried to sneak into this country, the authorities fed them, housed them and quickly foisted 83 of them on the taxpayers of British Columbia who must pay for their welfare for the two years or more it may take to give them a refugee hearing.” The smugglers and would-be sneaks and opportunists now knew all they needed to know and the invasion has resumed.

Immigration reform experts had warned that the recent landing of 123 Chinese illegals would be just the beginning of an invasion. “We were right,” says Fromm.

“Parliament must retake control of our borders. It must send a message that there is no right to sneak into Canada to avoid proper screening and identification. Those who do so must be arrested and swiftly deported,” he urges.

Referring to recent protests of homeless people in various parts of Canada, Fromm said: “Governments must put Canada and Canadians first! Until we have cared for our own homeless, we shouldn’t be lavishing salmon and calamari and welfare on illegals who have defied our laws. Queue jumping hurts our own poor, marginalized and minorities first. They are the first victims of Canada’s bankrupt immigration policy that seems to favour cheats and illegals over honest applicants who obey the rules.”

Last week in Victoria, the Canada First Immigration Reform Committee announced it was collecting a national petition on line calling on Parliament to invoke the “notwithstanding” clause to retake control of our borders. Its url is

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