Reid Southwick (The Calgary Herald):
Mayor Naheed Nenshi blasted the federal Conservative government Thursday for its handling of the Syrian refugee crisis, which has been symbolized in the media around the world by the image of a drowned three-year-old boy.
“We’re a country of generosity and we’re a country of opportunity,” Nenshi said, according to CBC News. “The fact that we have not even taken the Syrian refugees that we have committed to take, let alone taking many more people who are fleeing the most desperate situation only looking for opportunity in the world, to me is a disgrace.”
Alan Kurdi, a Syrian toddler whose lifeless body was photographed on a Turkish beach, was with family in a small boat attempting to reach Greece when the vessel capsized, killing him, his brother and his mother, among other refugees.
The family was hoping to one day reunite with a loved one in British Columbia.
The image of Alan’s body has refocused international attention on the long-standing humanitarian crisis in Syria, where millions have been displaced from their homes by ongoing conflict.
Nenshi joined a growing chorus of critics who have accused the Conservative government of failing to adequately respond to this growing crisis.