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Quebec premier to sponsor Syrian refugee family with help of others in riding

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard speaks to reporters at the beginning of a Quebec Liberal government caucus meeting, Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

QUEBEC CITY – Premier Philippe Couillard is going to sponsor a Syrian refugee family with the help of other people in his riding north of Quebec City.

Couillard told Le Quotidien newspaper he will be part of a group seeking to collectively sponsor a displaced Syrian family.

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Harold Fortin, a spokesman for Couillard, said the premier’s decision was a personal one he made with his wife and friends.

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Collectively sponsoring a family means covering costs related to food, shelter, health care and relocation.

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They must also help them find work, learn French and settle in Quebec.

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Last week, Couillard said Quebec was ready to accept more refugees in the province given the flood of people fleeing the war-torn country.

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The province announced Monday it was prepared to accept 3,650 Syrian refugees before the end of 2015 – 2,450 more than it had originally planned.

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