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NDP Leader Mike Redmond speaks to reporters in this Guardian file photo.
A group of Islanders is planning a rally in front of Province House to appeal to Premier Wade MacLauchlan to convene an emergency session of the P.E.I. legislature to debate the Syrian refugee crisis.
The rally is being organized by the provincial New Democratic Party, although organizers say this is “a non-partisan issue.”
NDP Leader Mike Redmond, says the P.E.I. government should open the legislature to assess how many refugees could be brought to P.E.I. and also to pressure the federal government to enable more of the thousands of refugees pouring out Syria and Iraq to come to Canada.
“These are extraordinary circumstances, they require a thoughtful, unified response from all political parties,” Redmond said.
“The time for action is right now, we need to make a determination of how many refugees can P.E.I. take today.”
Similar rallies are being held in cities and provinces across the country, led by an organization called No One is Illegal.
“Canada needs to do far more than accept 10,000 Syrian refugees immediately,” the No One is Illegal news release states.
“Canada needs a massive overhaul of the immigration system in order to ensure and protect refugee rights and permanent residency for all migrants.”
The rally in P.E.I. is planned for Thursday, Sept. 10 at Province House in Charlottetown