The government says it will temporarily suspend its refugee processing process when the Liberal government decides whether to bring in more Syrian refugees in 2019.
But the Liberals’ announcement doesn’t say how many refugees Canada will bring in, only that it will be temporary.
The decision will be made by the end of October, a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander told CBC News.
There’s a lot of uncertainty, said the spokesperson.
If it’s temporary, then there’s going to be a lot more pressure on the government to move quickly.
“It’s not as if we have the infrastructure that we have to process the hundreds of thousands of people who are coming in, but we do have the capability to deal with them,” he said.
“The question is, do we do that in a manner that’s consistent with our national interest and the values that Canadians have for Canada, and the way we’ve operated in the past?”
Canada has accepted more than 30,000 Syrian refugees since it began accepting Syrian refugees at the end, but the government has had to temporarily suspend processing at the Quebec and New Brunswick border.