"I don't anticipate the lifting of visas at this upcoming summit," said Harper spokesman Dimitri Soudas.Yeah, come on guys, it's not like this is any fun for the Harper government. Geez.
"We are reviewing our refugee policies. . . In the short term, I think what's important here is to preserve the integrity of the Canadian immigration system."
But other officials strongly hinted that Canada will drop the visa requirement once the system works faster and is better able to cope with thousands of in-land refugee claimants.
"We could definitely lift visas on a lot more countries - including Mexico and the Czech Republic," said one government official.
"It's not like we enjoy imposing visas on friendly countries." (emphasis added)
So we just slap visas on countries when we're trying to fix our own system. With all the attendant diplomatic fallout apparently and never mind the legitimate refugee claims. Nice bit of spin, but it's kind of ridiculous. If they lift the visa requirements, it will be because they made a mistake, not because we need administrative house cleaning of the refugee system. How embarrassing.