Canadians believe government should run longer background checks on refugees, poll shows

November 20, 2015 03:20


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OTTAWA - Canadians believe the new Liberal government should take a longer time to run security checks on the Syrian refugees it plans to bring in, or else take fewer refugees, a poll released on Thursday found.

The Angus Reid survey showed that 46 percent of respondents thinking last Friday's attacks in Paris should cause the government to go ahead and accept 25,000 Syrians as planned but to take longer for security checks.

A further 13 percent said it should cause them to take fewer Syrian refugees than planned and another 22 percent to not take any at all. Only 19 percent said the government should proceed as planned or take more.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who took power on Nov. 4, has not backed down on his promise to take in 25,000 more Syrian refugees by Dec. 31.

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