“We’ll take the other 4000.”
Brian Buckley is a former member of Canada’s foreign service, a professor, and author of “Gift of Freedom: How Ottawa Welcomed the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian Refugees”. Listen as he describes a “luminous summer in Ottawa”.
In the spring of 1979, as desperate refugees fled persecution and chaos in Southeast Asia, Canada’s capital city and its Mayor Marion Dewar bravely stepped up to the plate in an effort to resettle thousands of those displaced by conflict. Project 4000, as it came to be know, marked the beginning of large scale resettlement programs in Canada.
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