“This is a plan that doesn’t compromise on security and safety, the screening measures that Canadians rightly expect us to have for refugees … especially when they’re coming from a conflict zone with such large-scale terrorist organizations in them.”
But the new measures, which are expected to cost $25 million over two years, could speed up the movement of some 10,000 Syrian refugees to Canada from the current three-year timetable by about 15 months, he said. “Canada’s existing commitment to resettle 23,000 Iraqis will also be fulfilled by the end of this year”, the statement read.
The Canadian Press has been reaching out to Syrians who arrived here as refugees to tell their stories.
Under the changes Syrians fleeing the civil war won’t have to prove they’re convention refugees under the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Someone had to take responsibility for Canada’s troubled refugee system, Logozzo said, adding, “I think Minister Alexander has now taken this responsibility by announcing these positive changes”.
Trudeau, who has been the subject of derisive Conservative advertising campaigns questioning his experience and competence since he was first elected Liberal leader in 2013, repeatedly talked over Harper to make his case that Canada’s moribund economy needs growth and government can help deliver it.
“The vast, vast majority of Canadians are immensely proud of this country, and the data we have from around the world indicates that this is the most admired country in the single world, respected as never before”, said Harper on Sunday to the crowd in Ottawa community of Stittsville.
“Today he recognized that the Conservative government’s policies were failing”, said the Liberal.
Alexander also promised to accelerate medical examinations for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have already applied for admittance to Canada.
The Conservative proposal would provide up to $100 million in funding over five years through non-repayable grants to a select number of major projects in the automotive, information and communication technology, steel, aluminum, and machinery and equipment sectors. We are a nation of newcomers.
Earlier this month, Mulcair accused Harper of “piling up the excuses for doing nothing” to help refugees. To address the significant security threat posed by ISIS, as well as the humanitarian and political challenges it has created, Canada is part of a coalition of partner countries determined to degrade and defeat ISIS.
– NDP Leader Tom Mulcair about his use of the word “Newfie” during a debate in the Quebec legislature in 1996.
“We knew that issue had particular resonance in B.C. and Ontario”, he said, which are two battleground provinces for the Conservatives and where the concern about the crisis resonated the most. “We need to once again be a generous, open country”.
During the segment on immigration, Trudeau turned the conversation toward the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, criticizing the Conservative government cuts to refugee health services.
“As long as you’re Syrian, it’s going to be extremely hard for you to come to Canada”, he said in an interview at the recent event.