Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman would openly welcome Syrian refugees as the federal government aims to bring in 25,000 by the end of the year.
Bowman said on Sunday that Winnipeg needs to play a role in the ongoing Syrian humanitarian crisis and join other countries and communities around the world in welcoming the displaces refugees.
“Winnipeg is a growing, diverse city. Our compassion, diversity, and acceptance of new people and cultures are what make us strong,” Bowman said.
“I believe now is not the time to close our doors. Now is not the time to allow fear to triumph over hope and humanity. Now, more than ever, is a time for compassion. It is a time for us to embrace our values of openness and acceptance.”
Bowman said he has spoken with Premier Greg Selinger and federal Immigration Minister John McCallum to express his support for their efforts.
“As a city, we will continue to work collaboratively with our federal and provincial counterparts, as well as non-government organizations, to ensure refugees arriving are connected with the services and supports necessary to transition to a new life and home,” he added.