Mil­i­tary’s over­seas refugee ef­forts wind­ing down

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OTTAWA — The mil­i­tary is be­gin­ning to wind down its over­seas in­volve­ment in the Lib­eral govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to re­set­tling thou­sands of Syr­ian refugees in a mat­ter of months. Ap­prox­i­mately 70 Cana­dian Armed Forces mem­bers have re­turned from Jor­dan and Le­banon, where they were part of a broader govern­ment ef­fort to bring 25,000 Syr­i­ans to Canada by the end of next month. “All it takes is see­ing one lit­tle one the same age as my daugh­ter — smil­ing be­cause they are go­ing to Canada,” said Maj. Drew Wil­lis, who was among 68 sol­diers who ar­rived to wait­ing fam­ily mem­bers early Tues­day at Cana­dian Forces Base Gage­town in New Brunswick. About 150 sol­diers re­main over­seas help­ing process ap­pli­ca­tions and con­duct med­i­cal tests on the thou­sands of Syr­i­ans who are still pass­ing through the screen­ing process. “Op­er­a­tion Pro­vi­sion has been a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to show­case lead­er­ship and Cana­dian val­ues on the world stage and we will con­tinue to stand in sup­port of this whole-of-govern­ment ef­fort, ready to as­sist wher­ever and how­ever we are needed,” De­fence Min­is­ter Har­jit Sajjan said in a state­ment Tues­day.

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