Moderator: Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Globe and Mail
Johannes van der Klaauw, UNHCR Representative in Canada
Doug Saunders, International Affairs Writer, The Globe and Mail
Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Candice Malcolm, Columnist, Toronto Sun and Fellow with the Centre for a Secure Free Society
The Honourable Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee, Senate of Canada
All proceeds of the event will be donated to settlement and integration services with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
5:30PM - Cocktails // 6:30PM - Debate
As Canada continues to celebrate the arrival of Syrian refugees and talks about boosting immigration to record levels, many countries seem to be pulling away the welcome mat.
On October 17, thePanel will discuss the choices that lie ahead and how Canada can continue to stand out from the crowd as an open, diverse, and cohesive society.
Nearly a quarter of our population is foreign-born and openness to newcomers is a longstanding tradition. But, amid the erupting global immigration discourse surrounding contentious issues such as Brexit, the US Elections, and the Burkini bans, where do Canadian values lie? Are we really more tolerant and welcoming than citizens in other Western countries?
Diversity can be strength, but it can also foster fear and resentment. Finding the right balance is a challenge that Canada’s leaders must face in the coming years.