The Plight of Syrian Refugees Remains on Radar in PG
Prince George, B.C. – Now that the federal election campaign has wrapped up, a group of concerned residents plan to reconvene to discuss ways of bringing at least one Syrian family to Prince George.
“We were of course caught up with the election,” says NJ Baker, spokesperson for the group Prince George Citizens for Syrian Refugee Support.
“It being a federal responsibility we had to wait and see what was happening because the different parties all seemed to have different priorities with respect to the Syrian crisis.”
The group first met in September, in what turned out to be a brainstorming session on ways to help those in need.
Now that the Liberals have won election though, partly on a promise to bring 25,000 asylum seekers to Canada by January 1, she’s cautiously optimistic.
“I would say I’m heartened to see that Trudeau has said since winning the election, that they do plan to go ahead with the 25,000 refugee applications to Canada,” says Baker.
“It’s going to be challenging, I’m just really pleased it hasn’t slid off the news cycle.”
She notes interest in the issue remains high locally, and expects the group will meet again within the next week.”