ALBERTA

Premier Rachel Notley Says Alberta Is Ready To Accept Syrian Refugees

11/16/2015 05:35 EST | Updated 11/16/2015 05:59 EST
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Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her province stands ready and willing to take in Syrian refugees on whatever timeline the federal government deems suitable.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend a plan to bring in 25,000 Syrians fleeing their country by the end of the year.

Wall says the terrorist attacks in Paris show that Canada should not rush screening of Syrian refugees and risk allowing a terrorist inside Canadian borders.

Notley agrees that she expects the federal government to be vigilant, but adds there is also a larger humanitarian component.

She notes the refugees have been escaping the same kind of terror for months and, like those who have come to Canada for generations, deserve a fresh start.

Notley estimates Alberta could take between 2,500 and 3,000 refugees.

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