Schmale Appreciates Liberals Extending Syrian Refugee Timeline

November 26, 2015

LINDSAY: Local MP Jamie Schmale is expressing his appreciation to the Liberal government for extending its December 31st deadline for accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada.

Earlier this week, Schmale voiced concerns about the Government’s ability to properly screen such a large number of people in such a short period of time. Now, Canada will welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees by year end and another 15,000 over the next two months.

“The previous Conservative Government processed 10,000 of the 21,300 Syrian refugees it had committed to accepting (on top of its committment to accept 23,000 Iraqi refugees) by the start of the election. This will give the current government a tremendous head start in aiding refugees,” said Schmale.

“Millions of innocent people from Syria, Ukraine, South Sudan, and all over the world are fleeing their homes to escape conflict and violence,” said Schmale. “Canada has responded to this tragedy the way the world expects us to: with generosity.”

Canadians expect their government to ensure their safety and security by not compromising due process in order to meet a deadline made during an election,” said Schmale. “ISIS has declared its intent to use the refugee crisis to infiltrate The West—a statement that underscores our duty to protect Canadians. This does not change our committment to help those suffering. It adds an element of care to a situation that demands it—more time to do things right.”

“I recognize that there are a number of community groups looking to provide support. My office is here to answer any questions they may have,” said Schmale.

“The petition I put out earlier this week was about ensuring confidence in our system,” said Schmale. “Now that the strength of our system has been maintained, we can follow proper process to both screen and care for refugees looking to flee a dangerous situation in the hope for a better life.”

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