During a visit to Poland, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that Canada will take as many refugees fleeing war in Ukraine “as we can.”
Trudeau said “our hearts break” to see millions of Ukrainians fleeing for their lives and leaving all they have behind.
“Canada will help, Canada is there to help,” Trudeau said in Poland in talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, where the Prime Minister expressed support for taking in refugees and continuing tough sanctions on Russia.
In Warsaw, Trudeau also met with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.
Trudeau said his government is speeding up immigration procedures to allow the refugees to come very quickly to Canada, where many people of Ukrainian ancestry live.
“We will allow them to study, work, when they come here,” Trudeau said at a joint news conference with Duda.
“Many of them will hope to be able to return to Ukraine after this conflict, many will also chose to continue their lives in Canada and we look forward to welcoming as many as we can,” Trudeau said.
“Putin’s callous disregard for human life is absolutely unacceptable. It is very clear he has made the choice to specifically target civilians now,” he said, stressing that Canada has “joined the largest referral to the largest criminal court in history and offered assistance to expedite this work.”
“The world will continue to make Putin accountable for his war crimes,” he said.