Schreiner calls for Ontario to work with Ottawa to welcome refugees

QUEEN’S PARK — On World Refugee Day, the Green Party of Ontario Leader calls on Premier-designate Doug Ford to work with the federal government to welcome refugees to Canada and Ontario.

“The struggle of the world’s most vulnerable is in our hearts and minds, particularly as we see startling images of families being separated down south. Canada can and should do more to ensure those fleeing conflict, persecution and climate change are accepted with care and compassion,” said Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner.

“That’s why I’m calling on the Premier-designate to work with the Prime Minister to show leadership in the refugee crisis and ensure Canada and Ontario are acting morally as defenders of human rights and not turning their backs on those in need.”

According to the UNHCR, there were 25.4 million refugees fleeing their countries due to violence, persecution and human rights violations in 2017, the highest number ever seen. And projections are that by 2050 as many as 140 million people will be displaced by droughts, storms and other extreme weather, as climate change makes their homes uninhabitable.

Ontario should continue to open its hands and hearts to those in need. With millions of displaced people, we have the means to help the most vulnerable in the global community.

“We can and must do more to help community organizations, non-profits, and faith communities in the sponsorship and ongoing support of refugees. The GPO will continue to push for responsible, compassionate immigration and settlement policies in Ontario,” said Robert Kiley, deputy leader and GPO Immigration and International Trade critic.