What do Calgarians think of Syrian refugees coming to their city?

Refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war have started arriving in Calgary. The city is projected to take 10% of refugees coming into Canada. ThinkPol’s Ryan Rumbolt finds out what Calgarians feel about the plan.

8 Responses to What do Calgarians think of Syrian refugees coming to their city?

  1. Abby says:

    So far all those interviewed are foreigners from other countries who were allowed into Canada. Try asking TRUE Canadians who struggle everyday just to get by what they feel about this ? Ask them how they feel about how the Government in Canada doesn’t help those who live low income or in poverty how they feel about Money that should go to help them instead going to help people from other countries ? BS video….very biased !

    • Anonymous says:

      What’s a ‘true’ Canadian? Unless you’re of aboriginal descent in Canada, everyone is an immigrant from somewhere. Who gets to decide when or to whom we close the door?

  2. Anonymous says:

    So true.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Abby is right. The compassion of Canadians is great to see. But we need to take care of ourselves first. There are millions of Canadians that are in low income housing or even homeless. Our income gap is stretching well beyond tolerable limits. Jobs are lower paying than ever and harder to find as we fall deeper into this recession. We need to focus on building up the people who are already citizens. We need to help ourselves before we can help others!

  4. Simon Hammer says:

    Unless Abby is of First Nation’s decent, her point is moot. We are a country of refugee’s. Whether it be the terrible Irish potatoe famine at the turn of the century, or folks fleeing Eretria from religious persecution, we have all at some point in our lineage, had our blood line come here for hope of a better life. I say this being defendant of two bloodlines who immigrated in the 1800’s. It’s ok that you’re scared of change, it’s not ok that your willing to leave people in deadly conflict zones because of it.

  5. Simon Hammerde says:

    Decendent, not defendant.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Simon you make a very good point. And I agree with you to an extent. I too am a descendent of two bloodlines that settled in the 1800’s in our beautiful province of Alberta. There is a major difference between our families homesteading in the 1800’s, and refugees of today. The difference is that today tax payers like you and I will carry the burden of the social cost to sustain these refugees. Taxes that are getting harder to pay as the banks and government inflate our currency. Costs that push us further into debt. Costs that diminish the quality of life day by day for citizens working hard in our country. We need to right the ship before we take any more aboard. Otherwise we sink.

  7. Joyce McKay says:

    Personally,I would prefer the option of choosing my own charity, based on my values and principles, keeping in mind the amount I decide upon, and not one chosen by our government which will dictate how much you will contribute via your taxes.

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