Canada should accept more Syrian refugees: Trudeau


HALIFAX – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Canada should be doing more to admit refugees from the bloody conflict in Syria.

Trudeau said Friday he was pleased to hear the Conservative government is not contemplating military intervention following an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime that the United States says killed at least 1,400 people.

The death toll since the conflict began has topped 100,000 and the United Nations says more than six million Syrians have had to flee their homes.

“I’ve very worried about the Syrian people,” he said before meeting people at a park in downtown Halifax.

“We also do want to see our government providing humanitarian support, diplomatic pressure to resolve this situation and I know we can do more around refugees in terms of bringing some of the many thousand of displaced people to Canada for a better life.”

Yaman Marwah, president for the Syrian Association of Ottawa, said his group was told earlier this year that the Canadian government was prepared to admit 1,500 Syrian refugees to Canada.

“We have connections all over Canada and we didn’t see anything so far,” he said in an interview from Ottawa.

“We haven’t seen anything aside from closing the Syrian embassy and getting the ambassador out since the beginning of the revolution.”

Earlier this week, Trudeau said Parliament should be recalled to discuss what role Canada should play as the international community prepared to respond on Syria. He said the use of chemical weapons is “unacceptable” and requires a “significant response.”

Andrea Khanjin, a spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, said the United Nations is not asking for additional resettlement of refugees.

She added in an email that Canada is one of the world’s largest providers of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

“Trudeau is going against the UN’s advice on refugee resettlement. It is irresponsible and proves that he has no plan on immigration,” she said.

In June, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada would give Jordan an additional $98.4 million to help the Arab country cope with more than half a million Syrian refugees.

The following month, former citizenship and immigration minister Jason Kenney said Canada had made an initial commitment to resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees this year and next.

Kenney said Canada was responding to the UN’s appeal to help a limited number of extremely urgent cases. As a result, he said Canada will resettle 200 vulnerable Syrian refugees in 2013 and 2014.

As well, he said Canada planned to accept up to 1,100 Syrian refugees in 2014 through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

Ottawa has committed an additional $115 million in assistance to help Syrian refugees both in Syria and in neighbouring countries.

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Canada should accept more Syrian refugees: Trudeau

  1. Hey!!!

    What are you thinking in accepting these folks. Enough Already!

    The Muslim-surrounding-nations are where they belong.

    The UN can accommodate them in their conference rooms until these countries
    step up to the plate with their oil dollars.

    Does the term caliphate not worry this government; it does the tax paying citizenry
    of most western nations that are aiding and abetting this overtaking of our
    ‘home and native land’.

    • I thought Trudeau agreed with Suzuki not long ago that “Canada is full”. The comments that Trudeau made about Omar Khadr don’t seem to be getting any press. Trudeau feels poor little Khadr should be treated like any other Canadian and be compensated for spending time in a US prison….does Trudeau think that Conrad Black also deserves compensation for spending time in an American prison…Trudeau, go smoke another one

      • Care to provide some evidence that either Suzuki or Trudeau said no more immigration? Take your time, it is the long weekend after all.

        • it was all over the news about a month ago…read much?

          • I miss lots. But since you can’t be bothered to provide a link i’ll conclude you’re exaggerating or straight up bsing.

  2. Sorry Justin you look and talk like a teenager leave politics for the fascist pigs!

  3. So, anyone can use meaningless terms like “significant response”. What would he suggest? Or is it too much to ask him to actually take a position on something?

  4. I usually vote Liberal but I dunno about Trudeau….Canada needs to think carefully about expanding a community that expresses their clear disdain for Christians and others who do not share the Muslim faith…..Canada should stay out of conflicts where both sides are hostile to our way of life. How can Canadians determine who among these refugees is suitable and not a threat? Look at this nutbar Iman in Brampton. Some of these people are brainwashed beyond help and Canadians should not be enabling their efforts to export hatred to our great land.