Charlottetown rally will  press for debate on refugee crisis

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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

Organizations: Province House, New Democratic Party

Geographic location: P.E.I., Charlottetown, Canada Syria Iraq

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  • Fed up
    September 09, 2015 - 13:33

    Isn't anyone paying attention to England?.! They are finding Isis has their soldiers disguised as refugees and are accessing countries by the thousands, pretending to be them!! Some people just want to open our borders to everyone ...without the ability of checking all of them!! We want to help those who need it....but BE CAREFUL! Trudeau wants to bring in 25000?!?!? How are we going to support them? We can't support Canadians now! We definitely need a massive check of every single person. In London, they have thousands that they cannot find any previous information on!

  • disappointed
    September 09, 2015 - 06:15

    This is absolutely ridiculous and the NDP should be ashamed of themselves. Canada should continue to fight ISIS alongside our international partners and provide whatever humanitarian aid we can to the victims of jihadist violence. Somehow the NDP just woke up and realized ISIS has been slaughtering innocent people, even though Canada has been engaged in this crisis for well over a year. It's pathetic that the NDP wants to score cheap political points over millions of people being driven from their homes and the tens of thousands who have lost their lives at the hands of ISIS homicidal maniacs.