Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced on March 17, 2017 that Canada will provide over $28 million to support people in Iraq and Syria in order to help addressing the immediate needs of the population, including the return of civilians to territory liberated from the Islamic State (aka ISIS, Daesh, Caliphate).
Will it be too little, too late? While grateful that after ignoring the Yazidi genocide by ISIS that began in 2014, Canada is finally promising to bring 1200 of them to Canada by year’s end, no one in their leadership or otherwise was told or consulted, despite the critical role they should be playing in the process.
A Baghdad-born man who claims to have been a double agent working for Mukhabarat, the Iraqi secret police, as well as the Mossad, the Israeli spy agency, says that his life would be in danger if he was deported from Canada.
Brig.-Gen. Jennie Carignan, the Canadian Forces’ chief of staff for Army operations, attended in Ottawa an event hosted by the Iraqi embassy in honour of the Iraqi forces who fight the Islamic State (aka ISIS), including the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (الحشد الشعبي), which are accused of committing war crimes.
John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship confirmed that the federal government developed a plan to save Yazidi women and girls in Iraq and Lebanon and resettle them Canada. However, he was reluctant to reveal the details of this plan because on security reasons.
While Canada has brought in over 33,000 Syrian refugees, the plight of the Christians, Yazidis and other minorities has been intentionally overlooked although Christians make up ten per cent of Syria’s population.
In a stunning about-face, the Liberals have committed themselves to bringing in the most vulnerable refugees – the Yazidi people who top the list of non Muslims targeted for genocide by ISIS. For over two years, since the genocide began in Northern Iraq in August 2014, the government has turned a blind eye to helping anyone except Syrian refugees – ...
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defends his policy to cease the Canadian offensive military operations against the Islamic State (aka IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, Caliphate) and to focus on military training, intelligence gathering and humanitarian missions, including the resettlement of refugees in Canada.
In debate in Parliament on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the previous Conservative government headed by Stephen Harper of sending “men and women of the Canadian Forces in harm’s way for communications purposes” and of “compromising their safety for a communications exercise here at home.”
John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced on October 25, 2016, that the federal government is committed to offering protection to the Yazidi population at risk and support the terms of the motion to bring Yazidis to Canada within 120 days.