Liberals Say Canada 'Has a Responsibility' Not to Leave ISIS Terrorists and Their Families Overseas

Liberals Say Canada 'Has a Responsibility' Not to Leave ISIS Terrorists and Their Families Overseas

Canada has a “responsibility” not to leave its ISIS fighters for some other country to deal with.

Karen McCrimmon, parliamentary secretary for public safety, made that argument in an interview with the West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, noting that doing otherwise would be the same as creating different classes of Canadian citizenship.

“We don’t believe in two-tier citizenship and if someone’s a Canadian citizen, we’re responsible for them whether we like it or not,” she said.

“When there’s Canadians abroad who have broken the law, it’s our responsibility to deal with it. We can’t just hand it off to some other nation to deal with.”

Her remarks come after a week that saw the Liberals support a Conservative motion calling on the government to table its plan for dealing with and prosecuting returning ISIS fighters.

As Global News has documented exclusively over recent weeks, there are 13 Canadians held by the Kurds in Syria on suspicion of having fought with ISIS.

Of those individuals, three were male fighters, while another three are women.

Seven are children.

Kurdish officials have said they want other countries to take back their citizens.

Unlike countries like the United Kingdom, Canada did not strip those who went to fight with ISIS of their citizenship.

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