EDITORIAL: Sanctuary comes with a price

When you open the door of your home to people seeking shelter, the responsible thing to do is to ensure they’re fed, safe and comfortable.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened Canada’s door to refugees with a Tweet in 2017.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” Trudeau tweeted. “Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada.”

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To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength

Trudeau’s tweet wasn’t just a response to Canada’s honourable tradition of helping those in need, it was also vain, political symbolism, a response to rhetoric from U.S. President Donald Trump and his crackdown on illegal immigration.

But after throwing our door open with that tweet, Trudeau failed to ensure those he invited into the country would in fact be fed, housed and safe.

Instead, he foisted newcomers on his neighbours down the street.

Toronto Mayor John Tory, one of those neighbours, detailed the costs of Trudeau’s invitation this week.

It amounts to tens of millions of dollars to house the growing flood of refugees to this city in shelters and hotels, and to care for them.

Toronto has thousands of refugee claimants in the shelter system and 10 refugees per day show up at city shelters, most having crossed the border into Quebec before travelling here.