REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wants the federal government to suspend its plan to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.
Wall says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he is concerned about fast-tracking refugee claims.
He says doing so could severely undermine refugee screening.
The premier says Friday’s attacks in Paris are a reminder of what can happen when even a small number of dangerous individuals make their way into a country.
Walls says he would like Trudeau to re-evaluate the 25,000 goal and how the government plans to achieve it.
He says he realizes the refugee plan was promised by the Liberals in the federal election, but he thinks Canadians will understand if it is put on hold in the interests of security.
Refugee initiative cannot be date/quota driven. Safety must be priority. Wrote to PM asking him to re-evaluate plan pic.twitter.com/EumdHMefwo
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) November 16, 2015