Does the new government have to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by Jan. 1st?

Is it a broken promise if the new Liberal government hasn’t brought 25,000 Syrian refugees by January 1st? If they arrive before January 31st or even February 29th has the new government not fulfilled its election commitment?

The issue of Syrian refugees has become a hot button issue in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. In spite of the fact that none of the suspected attackers had entered France as refugees, some have suggested ISIL/Daesh will try to infiltrate countries by sneaking in their sympathizers among those fleeing the civil war.

The new Canadian government has committed to its promise to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. 54 per cent of Canadians either moderately or strongly oppose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan. The most common complaint is that there isn’t enough time.

The heads of the RCMP and CSIS support the new governments plan. They indicated Canada could bring in the 25,000 refugees without compromising the country’s safety.

The government has formed a cabinet committee to deal with the Syrian refugee commitment, to be chaired by Health Minister Jane Philpott, with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly serving as vice-chair. More details about how the government will bring the refugees to Canada will be announced shortly.


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