SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS PROMPTS CAMPAIGN DEBATE OVER CANADA'S MILITARY ROLE AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

Sep 04, 2015

By Jane Brown

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Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair fired back at Stephen Harper on the Syrian refugee crisis last night while in Montreal. The Conservative Leader and Prime Minister said earlier yesterday he couldn’t understand how anyone could look at the picture of the lifeless Syrian boy on a Turkish beach and want to walk away from the fight against Islamic State terrorists. Mulcair responded saying the military isn’t the solution to the refugee crisis.

“No amount of military action would have saved that boy’s life on that beach (today).  It’s now time to start acting, as the United Nations has asked Canada to do, and we’re asking the government to follow through on the UN request to get 10,000 Syrians to Canada before the end of the year,” Mulcair explained.

Mulcair says if elected, the New Democrats would pull Canadian forces out of the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Harper says it’s important to help refugees but also take the fight to the terrorists, which he said is partly responsible for the refugee crisis.

Meantime, Toronto’s Mayor says he’s sponsoring a family from Syria during the humanitarian crisis there, as he pushes for other Toronto residents and Canadian cities to welcome refugees to their communities.

John Tory says he’s part of a group of citizens that will be sponsoring a Syrian family through Toronto-based Lifeline Syria, a non-profit group working to facilitate the sponsorship of 1000 refugees for resettlement in the GTA over the next two years.

Mayor Tory worked in politics when there was an influx of Vietnamese refugees who arrived by boat in Canada during the mid 1970’s. He says he hopes people will realize that something similar is going on here and step up to help because they can.

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