Canada’s Conservative government said Saturday, September 19 that it will not accept more than its previously announced commitment of 10,000 Syrian refugees but will accelerate processing their applications to issue thousands more visas before the end of this year.
“Today by designating all Iraqis and Syrians outside of those countries prima facie refugees we are greatly expanding the population of potential candidates for sponsorship”, said Alexander.
During the segment on immigration, Trudeau turned the conversation toward the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, criticizing the Conservative government cuts to refugee health services.
The NDP wants 9,000 government-sponsored refugees brought in this year and another 46,000 over the next four years, but that was based on what Mulcair said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had asked of Canada, which has turned be out to be wrong, thanks to the NDP’s misreading of something that appeared in The Guardian.
Canada’s Conservative government came under fire earlier this month after it emerged that the British Columbia-based aunt of a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach had hoped to help the family emigrate to Canada. The Wall Street Journal mentioned that the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, became heavily scrutinized following the heartbreaking story because of his delays in refugee processing and heavy handed security checks in fear of admitting terrorists.
– NDP Leader Tom Mulcair about his use of the word “Newfie” during a debate in the Quebec legislature in 1996. Even the United States is only admitting 10,000 over two years because of the time it takes to verify the security bona fides of all the immigrants. Under this legislation, the only Canadians who can never lose their citizenship are those born in Canada, who do not have another nationality and are ineligible to apply for another nationality. He said the policy had “shamed Canada in the eyes of Canadians and of the global community”. “We’ll take the time necessary that in welcoming those most in need we protect the security of Canadians”.
Crepeau, also a law professor at McGill University, has since increased the number of refugees he thinks ought to be resettled.
Standing inside one of the country’s foremost symbols of its openness to the world – the so-called “Gateway to Canada” – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Sunday he’d consider airlifting Syrian refugees in order to fulfil his pledge to welcome 25,000 asylum seekers by January 1.
“I can’t vote so this is the only way I can vote”, he said. “We are going to do it in a matter that reflects Canadian generosity and also protects Canadian interests”, said Harper. Chris Alexander was very passionate on the reasons for the new process. The official will work with our partners, other levels of government and private sponsors, to ensure that these refugees receive the resettlement support they need.