HALIFAX - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Canada should be doing more to admit refugees from the bloody conflict in Syria.

Trudeau said Friday he was pleased to hear the Conservative government is not contemplating military intervention following an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime that the United States says killed at least 1,400 people.

The death toll since the conflict began has topped 100,000 and the United Nations says more than six million Syrians have had to flee their homes.

"I've very worried about the Syrian people," he said before meeting people at a park in downtown Halifax.

"We also do want to see our government providing humanitarian support, diplomatic pressure to resolve this situation and I know we can do more around refugees in terms of bringing some of the many thousand of displaced people to Canada for a better life."

Yaman Marwah, president for the Syrian Association of Ottawa, said his group was told earlier this year that the Canadian government was prepared to admit 1,500 Syrian refugees to Canada.

"We have connections all over Canada and we didn't see anything so far," he said in an interview from Ottawa.

"We haven't seen anything aside from closing the Syrian embassy and getting the ambassador out since the beginning of the revolution."

Earlier this week, Trudeau said Parliament should be recalled to discuss what role Canada should play as the international community prepared to respond on Syria. He said the use of chemical weapons is "unacceptable" and requires a "significant response."

Andrea Khanjin, a spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, said the United Nations is not asking for additional resettlement of refugees.

She added in an email that Canada is one of the world's largest providers of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

"Trudeau is going against the UN's advice on refugee resettlement. It is irresponsible and proves that he has no plan on immigration," she said.

In June, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada would give Jordan an additional $98.4 million to help the Arab country cope with more than half a million Syrian refugees.

The following month, former citizenship and immigration minister Jason Kenney said Canada had made an initial commitment to resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees this year and next.

Kenney said Canada was responding to the UN's appeal to help a limited number of extremely urgent cases. As a result, he said Canada will resettle 200 vulnerable Syrian refugees in 2013 and 2014.

As well, he said Canada planned to accept up to 1,100 Syrian refugees in 2014 through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

Ottawa has committed an additional $115 million in assistance to help Syrian refugees both in Syria and in neighbouring countries.

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  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau holds Addison Quinn as he greets supporters at a barn party at the home of Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The party is holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay, right, greets supporters at a barn party at MacAulay's home in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The Liberals are holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau addresses supporters at a barn party at the home of Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The party is holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau addresses supporters at a barn party at the home of Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The party is holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, right, chats with Stephen Bronfman, the party's chief fundraiser, at a barn party in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The Liberals are holding their summer caucus retreat in nearby Georgetown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau takes a photo with a supporter in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau shakes hands with a man dressed as one of the Fathers of Confederation in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau signs an autograph for a young supporter in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau gives money to a homeless man in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau meets with supporters in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau greets supporters in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau reacts to a high-five while meeting supporters in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the opening of the Liberal caucus in Georgetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the opening of the Liberal caucus in Georgetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the opening of the Liberal caucus in Georgetown, P.E.I. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Rochford

  • UP NEXT: Trudeau Visits B.C.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau saddles up a horse in a Kamloops, B.C. stable.

  • A Trail, B.C. meets with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on July 23.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is welcomed to Vancouver by a group of people by English Bay.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie GrĂ©goire hold hands in an RV on their tour through interior B.C.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau had some pancakes made for him by Xavier at Steve's Place in Canal Flats, B.C.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau takes a ride on the Nelson, B.C. trolley on Sunday with his family.

  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau visits Truscott Farms in Creston, B.C.

  • Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his family hike to Kokanee Lake, B.C. Trudeau's younger brother, Michel, was killed in 1998 when he was swept into the lake by an avalanche.

  • <strong>NEXT</strong>: What Is Trudeau Doing?

  • Come At Me, Bro

    Justin Trudeau trains at Pan Am Boxing Club in Winnipeg on Friday Feb. 1, 2013.

  • Peekaboo!

    Justin Trudeau & co. making faces.

  • Riiiiip!

    Justin Trudeau splits his pants while pushing the "scrum machine" in support of Prostate Cancer Canada in Toronto Thursday, July 21, 2011.

  • Don't Shoot!

    Justin Trudeau gets his geek on at Montreal Comiccon in September 2012.

  • So Long 'Stache

    Justin Trudeau has his moustache shaved off to raise money for the Judy LaMarsh Fund, that supports female candidates, at the Liberal Party convention in Ottawa on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

  • Coming For MacKay

    Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay (left) is chased by Liberal MP Justin Trudeau in a motorized wheelchair during a wheelchair race relay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Twenty-five MPs and senators used a wheelchair for the day in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association's Spinal Cord Injury and CPA awareness month.

  • All For One, One For All

    Justin Trudeau all dressed up for the Montreal Movember Gala in 2010.

  • Get Him!

    Pierre Trudeau's sons, Sacha, left, and Justin, tackle their mother's paperboy in Ottawa in this undated photo.

  • 'Family... And A Cow.'

    'Nuff said.

  • He Can Certainly Take A Punch

    Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau delivers a right hook to his older brother Justin during a play fight in 1980 at Ottawa airport as the boys await a flight with the return of their father, then-prime minister, Pierre Trudeau.

  • Be Honest With Me, Who's Cuter?

    Justin Trudeau strikes a pose with an adorable baby.

  • A Very Furry Christmas

    Justin Trudeau poses with his family on his 2010 Christmas card.

  • Game On!

    Former Liberal MP Ken Dryden, left, and Justin Trudeau play table hockey as they visit Sun Youth, a community organization, Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 in Montreal.

  • Yanking Their Chain

    Then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, left, watches as his 11-year-old son Justin swings on a chain during a tour of an old fort in the Omani town of Nizwa Dec. 2, 1983. Trudeau and Justin spent the day visiting the towns of Jebel and Nizwa 165 kilometres south of Muscat.

  • Rocking Out

    Justin Trudeau in Muskoka, Ont.

  • YeeHaw!

    Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, centre, has his cowbay taken by his son Xavier, 4 years-old, while his wife Sophie Gregoire, second from left, holds daughet Ella-Grace, 3 years-old, while they attend the party's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Saturday, July 7, 2012. This is the 100th anniversary of the Stampede.

  • Like Mother, Like Son

    Eleven-month-old Justin Trudeau, urged on by his mother Margaret Trudeau, crawls up the steps of an aircraft in Ottawa on Dec. 5, 1972 to meet his father, then-prime minister, Pierre Trudeau on his return from Britain.

  • Cutting A Rug

    Justin Trudeau dances with wife Sophie Grégoire before his speech at the Liberal showcase on April 6, 2013.

  • Next: What Is Pierre Trudeau Doing?

  • Magician?

    Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, wearing what someone called his "Mandrake the Magician outfit," walks down the grandstand steps to present the Grey Cup trophy to the victorious Montreal Alouettes in this Nov. 28, 1970 photo.

  • Hey, It Was The '70s

    Pierre Trudeau leans over to kiss an unidentified young lady to the seeming surprise of his recent bride Margaret. Trudeau and Margaret spent Saturday March 27, 1971 at maple tree farm here near Montreal at a sugaring out party.

  • Fur Wasn't Always Controversial

    Pierre Trudeau accompanies Margaret Sinclair, at the annual Governor General's skating party for members of Parliament in Ottawa Jan. 14, 1970.

  • Ditto For Seal Hunting

    Pierre Trudeau looks through the scope of his rifle while on a seal hunting trip in Baffin Island's Clear Water Fjord, July 29, 1968.

  • A Leg Up

    Pierre Trudeau shoes off his frisbee catching style while waiting to board his plane in Vancouver May 16, 1979.

  • Calisthenics Were Still Cool

    Pierre Trudeau had no trouble keeping himself occupied during a break from a boat trip down the Northwest Territories, Nahanni River, Monday Aug. 4, 1970.

  • The Outfit...

    Pierre Trudeau takes a wary look at an ice crevice, decides to chance it and makes the leap successfully during a midnight seal- hunting expedition at Clearwater Fjord in Canada's Arctic, July 29, 1968.