September 10, 2015
SCARBOROUGH, ON – Today, Liberal candidates John McCallum, Arnold Chan, Jane Philpott, Arif Virani, Ahmed Hussen, and Gary Anandasangaree held a roundtable at the Canadian Centre for Refugees and Immigrant Health Care about their concrete plan to help those fleeing the civil war in Syria.
“Canadians around the country – from our premiers and mayors, to non-governmental organizations, to private citizens – have already taken swift action to help alleviate the suffering of many Syrian refugees,” said Liberal candidate for Markham–Thornhill, John McCallum. “Since March, Justin Trudeau has called on Stephen Harper to accept 25,000 government-sponsored refugees, and just last week, Mr. Trudeau openly called on the other party leaders to meet in order to coordinate immediate action on this crisis.”
As the candidates outlined, a Liberal government will:
“It is time for action at the federal level. The government can, and must, do more to offer safe haven to the Syrian men, women, and children who so desperately need it. Canadians know that this is a time for collaboration and not partisanship,” said Liberal candidate for Markham–Stouffville, Dr. Jane Philpott. “Leading this country means bringing people together with hope for the future. We have a responsibility to significantly expand our refugee targets and give more victims of war a safe haven in Canada.”
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