Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued a statement calling on Justin Trudeau to extend the deadline for Afghan interpreters and support staff to apply to come to Canada:

“Media are reporting that Afghan interpreters and others that worked with our Canadian heroes in Afghanistan have been given three days to apply to come to Canada.

“While the Trudeau Liberals sat on their hands for weeks and failed to put forward a plan to help these brave Afghans – they are now giving these same individuals three days to save their lives. This is the height of hypocrisy and wrong.

“Canadians and these brave Afghans can’t afford more of this incompetence from Liberals. This artificial date set by the Trudeau government must be immediately dropped. Canada’s Conservatives are calling on the Liberal government to do the right and only thing – extend the deadline for these Afghans and their families to apply to come to Canada.

“If you don’t care about supporting those who supported our men and women in Afghanistan, you have three parties to choose from. If you do, you only have one – Canada’s Conservatives.”