That’s local MP Bob Zimmer, commenting on the Trudeau government’s newly announced rollout plan for the resettlement of 25,000 Syrian refugees.
The deadline has now been pushed from the end of December to the end of February, and Mr. Trudeau concedes the recent Paris Islamic terrorist attacks were a government wake-up call on the importance of reassuring Canadians everything possible was being done to ensure their safety.
They were followed by European reports the terrorists have managed to infiltrate the refugee ranks and have also served notice they intend to continue the practice.
That sharply divided Canadians in a security vs. humanitarian debate, further fueled with expert reports that the refugees are at a high-risk for mental health issues — including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse.
However, Health Minister Jane Philpott says Ottawa considered those health factors when drafting its resettlement plan, and she adds:
The new plan calls for 10,000 refugees to arrive in Canada by the end of this year, with the rest received by the deadline, and in this province, the refugees will begin arriving in the Lower Mainland before the end of the year, but it looks like BC will get far fewer than originally anticipated.
Chris Friesen with the Immigrant Services Society of BC says BC will welcome only 400 by December 31st and then an additional 1,500 between January and February for a total that’s only about 55 per cent of the 3,500 the government was expecting.
Jobs Minister Shirley Bond: