Top Stories of 2016: Number 2 – Refugee resettlement and a tussle over timelines

by Ian Holliday | December 30, 2016 9:30 pm

For the last 10 days of 2016, the Angus Reid Institute is counting down our top 10 stories of the year, based on the total number of pageviews they received at This is number 2.

The year began with the federal Liberal government delaying its initial Jan. 1 deadline for resettling some 25,000 Syrian refugees by two months.

The decision corresponded with a reversal in public opinion on the resettlement plan. In November 2015, an Angus Reid Institute poll found[1] a narrow majority (54%) of Canadians opposed the government’s plan, and more than half of those who opposed it said they did so because the timeline was too short.

By February, as the last of the 25,000 Syrians were being processed, support for the plan (and its new deadline) had grown to 52 per cent[2], while opposition had dropped (to 44%).

That said, most Canadians still felt the March 1 deadline was too rushed (59% did), and relatively few expressed an interest in continuing to accept refugees from Syria after the 25,000-mark was reached.

Read the full study here:[3] 

Read the November 2015 study here:[4]

  1. an Angus Reid Institute poll found:
  2. had grown to 52 per cent:

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