In this country and others, Friday’s violent attacks in Paris have triggered an increase in the debate on the Syrian refugee question, with those already resistant to accepting them hardening their position.
However, that group does not include the new Prime Minister of Canada, and he has used the G-20 summit in Turkey to reaffirm his position to fast-track a plan to bring 25,000 refugees from the war torn Middle East country into Canada, by the end of year.
This despite the fact ISIS has claimed responsibility for the mass murders in Paris, and French authorities say last month, at least one of the terrorists responsible, entered Europe through Greece as an asylum seeker using a faked passport.
As a result, some Canadians are now calling for a Syrian refugee ban, and locally, a petition is being sent to Prince George/Peace River/Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm calling for a referendum on the issue in this area.
Fort St. John resident Bailie Hambrook started the online petition noting Northeast BC is going through ‘an economic downfall’ and arguing all the people of Canada should be asked if they favor accepting the refugees, or instead, an alternative form of supporting them.
However, some like Vancouver Island-based refugee advocate Bruce Bryant-Scott are already supporting the Prime Minister’s plan.
Nearly 4 million people have left Syria since the start of its civil war in 2011, which played a key role in ISIS revival—because as one of several groups fighting Syria’s Shia dictator, Bashar al-Assad, the largely Sunni Arab Terrorist Group was allowed by his free world adversaries to operate with relative impunity.
Now many of these adversaries are today, with France taking the lead, ramping up efforts to destroy the Islamic State terrorist group.
But Mr. Trudeau has told other G-20 leaders, he still has plans to withdraw CF-18 fighter jets — committed by the Harper government to a hitherto restricted military campaign in Syria and Iraq—and concentrate instead on training others in the region, to fight ISIS.