Trudeau's #WelcomeToCanada tweet was a bad idea

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Who would have thought Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s social media post welcoming the world to come to our country would cause any trouble?

Actually, we did. As did many other commentators and politicians and sensible Canadians.

On January 17, 2017, Trudeau was so desperate to signal his virtue in juxtaposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s, that he thought it wise to post to social media: “to those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”

Now we’re getting an inkling into the chaos caused this ill-advised gesture. A host of federal government departments and agencies — who got no heads up from the PM — were forced to scramble in its wake to explain government policy.

“I am seeking official guidance/response from Ottawa on how to address refugee enquiries following all the publicity around the U.S. ban on some nationalities, and our Prime Minister’s tweet on welcoming refugees,” one email began.

“We are receiving  an increasing number of enquiries from the public about requesting refugee status in Canada, and a number clearly having links with our Prime Minister’s tweet this weekend. A significant number of the enquiries received since the weekend have been from nationals of the ‘U.S. banned countries’, but we are also receiving them from all nationalities, both through emails and directly at our reception.”

While Trudeau later made a point of stating that it was still best that people enter Canada legally and that not all asylum claims will be accepted, he never did walk back the tweet and never apologized to the Canadians or the many asylum seekers he misled.

The truth is we continue to accept a very small percentage of asylum seekers, particularly Haitians entering from the United States. Yet during our border crisis, they were the single largest group seeking refuge here. They came under false pretenses.

A new Sun report reveals U.S. border services are now sounding the alarm over Haitians crossing illegally from Canada into the United States. It looks as if people are turning back the other way.

All of this just further proves the #WelcomeToCanada post was a really bad idea.