NDP, Liberals want 'significant increase' of Syrian refugees in Canada

Syrian refugees rest in the shade of their makeshift home at a Syrian refugee camp north of Aleppo...

Syrian refugees rest in the shade of their makeshift home at a Syrian refugee camp north of Aleppo beside the Syrian-Turkish border May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Jalal Al-Mamo

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

OTTAWA -- The New Democrats and Liberals are pushing the federal government to swing open the doors and let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees come live in Canada.

The Commons foreign affairs committee released a new report Friday with 14 recommendations for Canada's response to the ongoing Syria crisis, including a call the Conservative government to "examine" its commitment to take in 1,300 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.

However, the two main opposition parties say Canada should go a lot further.

"The Government of Canada should significantly increase its commitment to Syrian refugee resettlement beyond the current pledge of up to 1,300, accelerate processing of Syrian refugees coming to Canada, and expedite family reunification for Syrian refugees who have relatives in Canada," said the NDP in its comments.


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