Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
Patti Tamara Lenard is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. Her work focuses on the challenges posed by migration across borders. Her first book is Trust, Democracy and Multicultural Challenges.
Canada is the only country in the world that allows private citizens to unite to sponsor refugees, by taking on a commitment to welcome them and support them as they take refuge in the safe and tolerant country of which we are lucky to be a part.
Alan Kurdi's image has captivated the world's attention and focused it on the ways in which those with the ability to rescue desperate people have failed to do so, to staggeringly horrific effect. It has focused Canada's attention, because whether or not he had hoped to join his family in Canada, he certainly has Canadian family that cared for him deeply. But Canada's government is not alone in being blameworthy; rather, it is in good company.