Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander hung up when a radio host asked him some tough questions about Syrian refugees on Wednesday.
Carol Off, host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens wanted to know how many of the 200 government-sponsored refugees from Syria are actually in Canada now. At first, Chris Alexander said he had to go to question period. Carol Off insisted, so the minister answered that around 1,150 Syrians had received “Canada’s protection.” When the host pressed him to say exactly how many were actually in Canada, Alexander said he would phone back and hung up.
Later in the afternoon, the Immigration minister called back and told Off he could not give her an exact number of how many Syrian refugees had made it to Canada. He said the 1,150 he quoted was “the more important number.”
As It Happens’ Carol Off interviews Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander