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John McCallum nixes Frank McKenna’s idea on immigration

John McCallum nixes Frank McKenna’s idea on immigration

Immigration minister hopes work in fish-processing plants will be ‘good fit’ for Syrian refugees

CBC News Posted: Jan 18, 2016 11:42 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 11:51 AM AT

With 28 more Syrian refugees expected to arrive in New Brunswick on Monday, Immigration Minister John McCallum says finding homes, jobs and language training will be the top priorities, not a policy that would force them to stay in Atlantic Canada.

McCallum says the idea floated by former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna last week would not work because refugees, who are permanent residents of Canada, have free mobility rights across the country.

“That goes against the Constitution … so I think what New Brunswick has to do is to create a welcoming atmosphere  find them a place to live, help them find a job and then they will put down roots here, and I think many of them will choose to stay.”

McCallum was in Hampton on the weekend ahead of the federal cabinet retreat in St. Andrews this week.

“There’s a huge enthusiasm in Hampton and this is typical across the country. In towns, not necessarily big cities, there’s terrific enthusiasm to welcome these refugees.”

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