Roughly 2,700 Syrian refugees are expected to land in B.C. over the next seven weeks, as part of the federal Liberal government’s promise to settle 25,000 refugees in Canada.
Newly-appointed Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum said on Saturday his department is working “around the clock” to get the refugees to Canada by the end of the year.
Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship says cabinet will form a subcommittee to co-ordinate government efforts to bring thousands of Syrian refugees to this country.
“Canadians can and must do more to help Syrian refugees who are desperately seeking safety,” McCallum said Monday during a news conference in Ottawa. “The new cabinet ad hoc committee is our first step towards Canada providing more Syrian refugees with the safe haven they so desperately need.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced Monday the appointment of Malcolm Brown, a top bureaucrat, and the current deputy minister for international development, as special adviser to the clerk of the Privy Council on the Syrian refugee initiative.
“This is about showing leadership and doing what is right as Canadians,” McCallum said of the appointments, less than a week after the new Liberal government was sworn in.