In fact, almost half of Canadians say we should be taking in at least 30,000 refugees. Our nation is built on principles of compassion, justice, and multiculturalism; Canadians have no doubt about the right thing to do in this situation.
The NDP shares those values, and they are reflected in our plan to do our part in addressing the crisis and providing real hope and genuine compassion for displaced Syrians. Our plan, detailed below, is based on doing our part to heed the UN's call for one million refugee resettlements over the next five years. It is our belief that this is not a time for partisan bickering, and we encourage our Liberal and Conservative friends to support the international community's plan. To do our part, the NDP plan is:
· Appoint a Syrian Refugee Coordinator to coordinate the resources of government departments to oversee processing, travel to Canada, and resettlement; and,
· Bring in 10,000 refugees by end of 2015 and 9,000 a year between 2016 and 2019, making it a priority to keep families together.
2. ACCELERATE ARRIVAL OF REFUGEES IN CANADA
· Increase the number of immigration officials on the ground; and,
· Work with provinces, territories, municipalities, and others to resettle refugees.
3. REMOVE BUREAUCRATIC OBSTACLES TO SETTLEMENT
- Work with Turkey and other affected countries to streamline exit requirements; and,
- Treat all refugees equally by ending Canada’s policy of discrimination on the basis of religion.
- Match Canadians’ humanitarian donations;
- Increase aid to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees; and,
- Help coordinate the response of the international community.
· Fast-track private sponsorships, with no cap; and,
· Provide temporary resident permits for Syrians who wish to come and stay temporarily with family.