Big City Mayors' Caucus statement on refugee resettlement (20/11/2015)
As mayors of Canada's biggest cities, we commend the federal government's commitment to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees. Canada has a long history of opening its doors to people from around the world, and as one of the most peaceful and prosperous countries in the world, we have an obligation to help those who are less fortunate.
Canada's big cities stand ready and willing to help assist Syrian refugees as they come to Canada and integrate into our communities. As mayors, we see how much our cities have benefited from welcoming people from all walks of life. The multicultural diversity of our cities is one of Canada's greatest strengths.
We know the federal government takes security issues very seriously and that the screening process for refugees is thorough and rigorous. There is no need to believe that there is a trade-off between compassion and security. Canada's big cities are working with our government partners and local support agencies to assist in settlement efforts. Those efforts are complex and require proper planning, time, and care. Nevertheless, our resolve to complete the task before us is firm.
We must not lose sight of the opportunity to again show the world how Canada is a country that values diversity, acceptance, and compassion.