Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the Conservative government’s handling of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis in an exclusive interview with prominent human rights advocate and founder of One Free World International, Rev. Majed El Shafie.
With nationwide pressure mounting for Canada to admit more refugees as they continue to flee persecution and war in Syria, Harper responded to questions regarding our government’s stance on the issue and strategies for dealing with it.
Shafie, a frequent contributor to ZNews and VisionTV’s theZoomer current affairs program, pointed out that it seems that opposition parties are intent on bringing more refugees to Canada while the Canadian government seems more focused on dealing with the source of the problem. Harper explained that the Conservative government is actually focusing on both doing more for refugees and participating in the international coalition fighting ISIS.
“We already have fifteen million refugees and if we don’t stop this group from spreading we’re going to have tens of tens of millions more,” Harper said.
Shafie went on to question what the Canadian government is doing to assist victims of religious persecution of a variety of minorities. Harper responded that the government’s current focus is on “bonafide refugees and, in particular, on vulnerable religious and ethnic minorities” explaining that these are the groups at most risk.
At a campaign stop today in P.E.I., Harper said he wasn’t in a position to announce specific measures yet, but that the government is “going to take some concrete steps to expedite the process,” of resettling Syrian refugee families to Canada.