Not time to turn away Syr­ian refugees: Premier

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - METRO NEWS - THe CaNa­diaN PreSS

Man­i­toba Premier Greg Selinger says now isn’t the time to turn away thou­sands of Syr­ian refugees.

Selinger says Canada has made a big com­mit­ment to bring in 25,000 of them by year’s end.

He says se­cu­rity screen­ing must be put in place, but can­celling the plan would be in­hu­mane.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has said that fast-track­ing claims could un­der­mine the screen­ing process, so he is call­ing on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to sus­pend its refugee plan.

Selinger says peo­ple in Man­i­toba are ex­cited to wel­come new­com­ers who will make a great con­tri­bu­tion to Canada’s fu­ture.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Brian Pal­lis­ter, say­ing the coun­try can deal with se­cu­rity con­cerns, also dis­misses the idea of hold­ing off on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s plan.

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