As such, it is surprising to see Canada refusing anyone's entry. However, every country has the right to control its borders the way it sees fit. Currently, Harper is vowing to strengthen human smuggling laws after approximately 500 Tamils were smuggled in. The migrants paid $50 000 for passage aboard the MV Sun Sea.
Although Harper agrees that Canada is a land of refuge, he feels that for this many people to come in this way is a security threat. However, the Liberal MP Marc Garneau feels that the Harper government needs to handle this situation with compassion and forgiveness; after all Canada is a land of opportunity.