Harper defends Syria stance as questions arise over family’s attempt to come to Canada

The Syrian child whose body washed ashore and formed the subject of the most heartbreaking portrait of the year…was trying to come to Canada, where he has relatives who have been living for 20 years. Here is what you need to know about each of the political parties’ positions on the matter:

“The NDP would bring in 10,000 refugees to Canada as quickly as the next few months. The Liberals say they would open the country’s welcome mat to 25,000 of the migrants.

But Conservative leader Stephen Harper defended his actions as prime minister. He acknowledged in an emotional voice that as a father he found the photo of a dead boy on the Turkish beach to be “heartbreaking.”

However, he said the tragedy goes far beyond this one case, and that there are “millions” of people who need help through both refugee placements and military airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq.”

And he, apparently, is willing to help none of them any more than he helped this one.

Ottawa Citizen

The country’s election campaign was dominated Thursday by the horrific photo of a dead boy on a Turkish beach – galvanizing attention on the Syrian refugee crisis and the story of a single family whose hopes for emigration to Canada ended in tragedy.

The crisis unfolding in the Middle East and Europe landed like a bombshell on the campaign trail, prompting Ajax Conservative candidate Chris Alexander to temporarily suspend his campaign and travel to Ottawa for his duties as minister of citizenship and immigration.

The development came after it was revealed the child in a photo that has drawn international attention was the member of a family desperately trying to eventually find a home in Canada.

The family from Kobane, Syria was in a small boat travelling from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos. They hoped to find safety in Europe and eventually make their way to Canada, where a family member has already been…

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