Joanna Smith (The Toronto Star):
New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair said he’d be open to having the Canadian military transport Syrian refugees out of Turkey to help resettle them here more quickly.
“Having more people on the ground there would be a good idea and, of course, we could use military assets to start moving refugees out of the area more rapidly, but it all begins with political will and Mr. Harper has shown no will whatsoever to start bringing a larger number of Syrian refugees more rapidly to Canada,” Mulcair said Tuesday in Dorval, Que.
The NDP opposed Canadian participation in the mission against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL), which Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has been describing as an essential part of the response to the crisis that has seen about four million Syrian refugees flee the war-torn country.
On Tuesday, however, Mulcair suggested he was open to the Canadian military playing a different role, and the NDP confirmed he was talking about an evacuation effort.