B.C. relatives of the boy said they had applied to bring his family to Canada as refugees, but their bid reportedly had been rejected. The boy's family had been trying to flee to Europe by boat before his body was found.
People who tried to find sanctuary in Canada were rejected. Now, this.
Thanks to the rapid-fire nature of modern media, the impact of Aylan Kurdi's death is being felt in real time. Chris Alexander can't afford to punt the issue down the field, as happens way to often with big issues. Sadly, his first instinct was to circle the wagons and point the finger of blame at someone else when what was required was leadership.
We can focus on the gotcha politics game, but all that really does is reinforce the game as it's played already.
None of that changes the past, nor brings back the dead.
We can only hope that, this time, some real lessons are learned.