That is the number of Syrian refuges that the Harper government has brought into Canada.

From the Globe and Mail:
However, the government is facing criticism because 2,374 Syrian refugees have so far been settled. Of that number, only 622 - or 26 percent - were assisted by the government. The others were privately sponsored by individuals or non-government. The others were privately sponsored by individuals or non-government organizations. The NDP argues that in addition to private sponsors, the government should immediately accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said the target should be 25,000 government-sponsored refugees, which he estimates would cost Ottawa $100-million.
In other words the Harper government that banters around the 10,000 plus refugee number has brought in 622 refugees or about 170 families.

The other 2,352 so called refugees that Harper has allowed to emigrate to Canada consist of wealthy Syrian Christians who paid their own way in, hightailing it out of Syria when the civil war first started and an unknown percentage of sponsorship applications submitted by family members living in Canada.

Hey Steve, go fuck yourself.


Owen Gray said…
Whenever you look at the numbers, Willy -- regardless of the policy -- you can only reach one conclusion: You can't believe a word the man says.
WILLY said…
Owen, It is rare that we get to see the numbers, which is why I was surprised to find them in the Globe. I guess on some issues even a media outlet that has supported Harper for all these years, gets pissed off.

I think this with long election period and increased muzzling of commentary from Harper's party, the media is starting to wake up.

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