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Tibbs calls for Newfoundland and Labrador to increase immigration for refugees
MHA Chris Tibbs is calling on the provincial and federal Liberal governments to prioritize Newfoundland and Labrador as the destination for refugees and others displaced by conflict around the world.
Monday, February 28, 2022

(February 28, 2022) – Chris Tibbs, PC Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Immigration, Population Growth, Skills, and Labour, is calling on the provincial and federal Liberal governments to prioritize Newfoundland and Labrador as the destination for refugees and others displaced by conflict around the world.

“The images and stories emerging from Ukraine are both heart breaking and disturbing as Ukrainians flee for safety. Canada has always been a corner stone of humanitarian aid and Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have always been proud enough to open our doors and hearts to those in need,” said Tibbs.

“Welcoming newcomers and making them feel at home is a point of pride for everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador – it’s time the provincial and federal governments ensure Newfoundland and Labrador is a priority destination for those seeking to start a new chapter and fast track the immigration process for refugees to this province.”

Tibbs says helping those in their most dire time of need is a rising tide which lifts all boats, providing more opportunity for growth here at home. As the PC Caucus welcomed the arrival of Afghan refugees last year, Tibbs calls for the federal and provincial governments to ensure relocation to Newfoundland and Labrador is as safe and seamless as possible.

“The federal government needs to ensure sufficient resources are in place to more quickly process refugee and immigration claims, they can enhance programs allowing family members to bring loved ones in danger to safety on our shores, and the province can work with the federal government to make Newfoundland and Labrador a priority for those resettling in difficult times,” said Tibbs.

“I’m asking the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to show their compassion, whether to a newcomer displaced by war or to a Russian who doesn’t feel Putin speaks for them. Together, here in Newfoundland and Labrador, we can have a prosperous home for all.”

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