Vancouver’s mayor Gregor Robertson is continuing to pile on the pressure on the federal government to do more to take in more refugees.
Robertson says he’ll be pushing city council next week for what he called a 20/20 plan: That’s 20,000 more refugees by 2020.
At a media conference this morning for an update at the new Welcome House facility, Robertson says the other opposition parties are making their pitch for Canada to do more.
“We’ve seen the Liberals and the NDP making significant commitments to cities for transit, for housing, for infrastructure – these are unprecedented announcements we welcome.”
He wants to ensure more people have the opportunity to come to Canada.
“Obviously we want to continue to advocate to the federal government to make sure that Canada is welcoming country and we are doing everything we can to make sure refugees – new immigrants are welcome here.
Robertson adds they’re focusing on local solutions.
“Making sure that the local services in the city are accessible to everyone without fear of being deported so that’s working with our police and all the different city services to make sure that they’re respecting that.”
The new Welcome House is expected to be completed by April next year.