Minister said government faces challenges in Afghanistan and other countries where refugees have fled, but is trying to get them into Canada
as quickly as possible.
Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, he said the two-year delay is an estimate and that hundreds of Afghan refugees arrive in Canada every week.
The NDP criticized the bureaucracy imposed on desperate Afghans, with Leader Jagmeet Singh telling a press conference that forcing Afghans fleeing the Taliban to fill out an online form in times of crisis is not the right answer.
Jenny Kwan, NDP immigration critic, doubts the Afghans hiding from the Taliban – including women and children, human rights activists and interpreters who have helped the Canadian military – will still be alive in two years.
Ms. Kwan said the Canadian government should do everything possible to help vulnerable Afghans come to Canada and sort through the red tape once they are safe.