People rally for refugees outside Regina City Hall
Organizers want city council to pressure federal government to accept more refugees
For the fourth week in a row, people rallied in downtown Regina during rush hour in support of refugees.
In a press release, organizers of the weekly rallies say they are "calling upon City Council to join in these conversations taking place across Canada and to put pressure on the Federal government to allow in more refugees."
The organizers want Regina to join other Canadian cities, like Vancouver, where the mayor held a public forum earlier this month to discuss how the city could best help refugees.
Ammar Abbas attended the rally. He says Regina could take in more than 20,000 refugees.
"I feel that we have bigger hearts and we have very nice, friendly people," he said. "The economy has always benefited from immigrants."
"I really hope that if we have more immigrants, especially Syrian refugees, that they'll be contributing a lot."
Abbas says the city should join the conversation, despite immigration being a federal issue.
"I always feel that it's a global issue and more and more a humanitarian problem so everybody has to chip in," he said.
"[City politicians are] our first line of sight in terms of politics. They are the people who we vote (for), who we know and they can influence the federal (government) to change the policies."
Rally organizers say they are collecting signatures for an online petition. They will officially present that to city council at a later date.