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Conservative Values

Trudeau vows to 'keep Canadians safe' as he rebuffs concerns over plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is refusing to bend on his promise to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, even after several provincial and municipal leaders expressed concern about speed taking priority over security.

"It didn't take the tragedy in Paris for us to suddenly realize that security's important," Trudeau said Tuesday as he travelled to the Philippines. "We've known for a long time, and we continue to be very much committed to keeping Canadians safe while we do the right thing to engage responsibly on this humanitarian crisis."

The prime minister was responding to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who took the unusual step of writing the prime minister on Monday saying the resettlement of refugees cannot be driven by a deadline, and that safety must be the priority. Wall asked Trudeau to re-evaluate his plan.

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