Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is all-in on the Syrian refugee resettlement bandwagon.
Although the Canadian government is somewhat behind schedule in its promise to accept 25,000 refugees by December 31, preparations are in high-gear. Bases of the Canadian Armed Forces are busily counting beds to see if the refugees can share the space the military normally occupies. Called Operation Provision, the bases will provide food, shelter and medical care, as well as enough space for religious services for up to 13,000 refugees. Contractors and health care officials worrying about contagious diseases are working overtime to ready the facilities.
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After what is estimated to be a four-month stay at the various bases, the refugees will be sent throughout Canada to their final destinations. A poll taken before the Paris attacks found that 60 percent of Canadians oppose resettling the Syrians.
The CBC, Canada’s leading news information source, reported that as many as 900 refugees are expected to arrive daily from Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, at a cost of $876.7 million during the first year.
In an interesting footnote to Operation Provision, a radio broadcast indicated that the soldiers will not be permitted to wear their uniforms or carry weapons since the Canadian government says it would upset the traumatized refugees.
While the Trudeau administration is pushing full speed ahead on his plan to accommodate thousands of refugees, the Ontario Association of Food Banks found that its services are in high demand. An increasing number of seniors and singles rely on food banks to eat. Nearly 360,000 adults and children rely on food banks each month.
Trudeau shares President Obama’s refugees first, citizens second agenda. Please go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to tell Congress to remove funding in the continuing resolution for settling more refugees from terrorist-sponsoring nations.