The Harper government's long and controversial history with Syrian refugees

Three years ago, a Syrian group was already asking Canada to do more. Since then it has been a numbers game.

Fernando Del Berro Photo
Tamara, from Syria, after arriving on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos by boat.
Kristen Shane
Published: Thursday, 09/03/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 11/18/2015 5:33 pm EST

For years, the Harper government has been hammered over what critics have said is a cold, uncaring and tone-deaf response to the Syrian refugee crisis. On Thursday, the issue suddenly overtook the federal election campaign in a dramatic way, as the world was exposed to a heartbreaking photo of a dead Syrian boy, and the immigration minister put his campaign on hold.

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