UPDATE: November 17th, 3:35 p.m.
A counter-petition has now been launched against those calling for a referendum on refugees. The “DO NOT Hold a referendum in North East BC on Syrian Refugees!” only had four supporters at the time of this writing.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s suggestion that Syrian refugees should resettle in Northern B.C. isn’t sitting well with some northerners.
Bailie Hambrook of Fort St. John has launched an online petition demanding a referendum on B.C.’s plan to welcome up to 3,000 refugees.
It comes a day after Clark said refugees might receive a “warmer welcome” in smaller communities, like the Peace region.
But Hambrook says the northeast is going though an “economic downfall” and unemployment is on the rise.
The petition, which has already garnered more than 1,000 signatures, says “the people of Canada should be asked if we would like to accept refugees or if we would rather send support in another form.”
The slump in the oil and gas industry has many concerned about jobs.