JOHN DOWNS

When compassion is hard, try harder

Posted By: John Downs · 12/19/2012 5:43:00 PM

The Feds are set to deport a young criminal with a long history of run-ins with the law. The 23-year-old's list of transgressions include an attempt to sell a gun to an undercover police officer.
Usually, when a person is deported, he or she returns to a nation where they once lived. But that is not the case here. This man was born in Canada to parents who were employees at the Indian High Commission in Ottawa. He was ineligible for citizenship because of his parents' status. The government is using this technicality as a means to banish this hoodlum from Canada.

I know: world's smallest violin.

But here's why you should care.

While a fix like this  - so simple, so cheap - sounds like a no-brainer, it's simply thoughtless.
Regardless of how we feel about it, this young man is a product of Canada. Had his life gone swimmingly, you can bet he'd be proclaimed an honorary son, and citizenship wouldn't be far behind. Stephen Harper would appear in photos shaking his hand - maybe even bestowing a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal upon him.
But this kid from nowhere isn't a winner in life. So instead, the government will perform a punk-ectomy and toss him into the developing world. He's India's problem now. Whether he's destined to become the CEO of an online start-up or a slumdog, what do we care?

Not only is tossing our social rejects to India rude, it's also lazy and demonstrates a callous lack of sympathy.
Of course, "Leftards" are often targeted for their bleeding hearts. But I can assure you that my heart will not leak a single drop for this criminal. My concern lies with what this lack of compassion says about us: When the going gets tough, the tough hold their noses and toss the hot potato into someone else's lap.

Be proud Canada.


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