Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with his cabinet today where one of the top priorities was to discuss a plan to resettle 25,000 refugees.
The fast-track Liberal plan needs to work out the logistics of how to get them here before year’s end, and where to house them once they arrive.
“We, as a country, are going forward to provide quick and substantial help to some of the most distressed people on the planet,” said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum after the cabinet meeting.
The Canadian Armed Forces is expected to play a crucial role in the refugee resettlement process.
It’s expected refugees will be chosen from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and Canada’s representative at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees says U.N. staff are trying to keep expectations realistic.