Last Updated on January 24, 2019
A majority of Canadians oppose the government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in the next six weeks. A poll, conducted by Angus Reid Institute was conducted three days after the Paris terrorist attacks which killed 129 people. The poll found that the most common concern is the lack of sufficient time to complete this task.
More than half of Canadians (54 per cent) oppose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to bring 25,000 refugees over by Jan. 1, 2016. Of those polled, 42 per cent support the plan, while out of those who oppose the Liberal government’s refugee plan, the majority (53 per cent) say they fear it’s too short to allow for appropriate security checks. Another ten per cent think 25,000 refugees is too high a number, while eight per cent say the plan is too expensive.
The Liberal government has not released details of their plan or how they intend on getting the refugees to Canada and how much it will cost. Almost one-third (29 per cent) of those who oppose the Liberal plan say Canada should not take in any refugees from the war-torn region.
Opposition is highest in Alberta (62 per cent) and lowest in Atlantic Canada (46 per cent). Another Angus Reid poll conducted in October found that 51 per cent of Canadians opposed the refugee plan, while 39 per cent said they support it.
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