Conservatives slam Liberals for putting Afghan interpreters in grave danger

JASRAJ Singh Hallan, Conservative Critic for Refugees, Immigration, and Citizenship, James Bezan, Conservative Critic for National Defence, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Conservative Critic for Public Services and Procurement, on Tuesday slammed the Liberal government for letting down Afghan interpreters.

In a statement, they said: “The withdrawal of American military forces and NATO partners in Afghanistan have given rise to a sharp increase in Taliban activity in certain provinces. Afghan interpreters who bravely assisted alongside our Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan are receiving death threats and the safety of their families is in jeopardy.

“As Afghan interpreters plead for assistance from this government to flee from these threats of danger, the Trudeau Liberals are slamming the door shut. Not only do they refuse to re-open the special immigration pathway established for Afghan interpreters under the previous Conservative government, but they also refuse to give any special consideration for the sacrifice these interpreters made for Canada and our allies under dangerous war-time conditions.

“This is unacceptable, and Conservatives are calling on the Liberal government to take immediate action. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces who served alongside these Afghan interpreters are pleading for the government to listen to their calls that we must do the right thing and support them at a time when they need us most.”