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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Canadian Refugee Types

Canadian Refugee Types

by

James Bredin

It is obvious to anyone that Canada needs to change,
‘Cause the lineup of refugees is stretching right out of range,
Along the ramp ‘round the corner straight out to the plane,
Many so old and crippled they walk with a cane.

They want to claim their Charter rights with that refugee kit,
And no asking questions ‘bout the crimes they commit,
And hurry up now because they have people to meet,
Those immigration consultants and we have to be discreet.

‘Cause the government pays those extraordinary legal fees,
All the way to the Supreme Court if you please.
They need a bus for the wives and kids, quickly, quickly now,
And a cell phone and two motel units; there’s no need to bow.

First class from Paris and trashed documents in flight.
No more questions please and you have to be polite.
Can’t speak English and that’s another point,
Want to learn French the legal language in this joint.

‘Cause Chretien and Trudeau all wrote the Charter,
Way back in the days of President Jimmy Carter,
And there’s no way anything is ever going to change,
Even if the dollar is a dime on the Toronto Stock Exchange.


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