TORONTO — Two more weeks — that’s how long the Liberals say it will take to get 10,000 Syrian refugees to Canada, a goal the government was hoping to have met by today.
But Immigration Minister John McCallum says he remains confident that the full 25,000 promised in November will be in Canada by the end of February.
By the end of today, just over 6,000 Syrians will have landed in Canada, but the government says it has approved over 10,000 applications.
Health Minister Jane Philpott says she hopes Canadians don’t focus on what has not happened by the government’s deadline, but what has — thousands of Syrians now in Canada in a historic program that makes the country a world leader.
She says were in not for the ambitious targets, none of those people would have arrived as fast as they did.
The Liberals first promised to bring over 25,000 Syrian refugees last March and incorporated the pledge into their election platform, saying they would do it by the end of the year, but they’ve since been forced to amend that plan several times.