Angus Reid Institute’s latest poll says 25 per cent of Canadians want a “Trump-style ban” on refugees in Canada, but refugee advocate Tima Kurdi finds the results “shocking.”
Kurdi is the aunt of the late Aylan Kurdi, whose image of his body washed up on a Turkish beach became the face of the Syrian refugee crisis.
She says she won’t let what is happening in the United States proliferate north.
“I will always stand up for the refugees no matter what. It’s a real shame to hear this, I’m really surprised… I’m shocked.”
Eleven per cent of those polled say Canada needs to take in more asylum seekers but Kurdi says we should always welcome refugees.
“My father raised me since I was a child to ‘never close your doors’…always welcome them because you never know when you need those people.”
The poll also says just under a half of Canadians say the country is taking in the right number of refugees and 60 per cent approve of how the federal government has been settling refugees.
The Canadian government is set to take in 40,000 refugees by this year.