No, the federal government is not spending more on Syrian refugees than on Fort McMurray

No, the federal government is not spending more on Syrian refugees than on Fort McMurray | Métro

Exceptionnellement, Métro a décidé de traduire ce billet de l’inspecteur viral en anglais. Vous pouvez lire la version française ici.

Hi there! If you’re reading this in English, we’ve probably never met. My name is Jeff Yates, I’m a journalist with Métro newspaper in Montreal, and I run a blog on the paper’s website called Inspecteur viral («the viral inspector» – okay, it sounds cooler in French) where we fact-check (okay, debunk) viral crap on the internet.

Speaking of crap, here’s a meme that’s been shared almost 19 000 times on Facebook in the last 24 hours:

 

The intent is clear: while the federal governement is generous when it comes to helping out Syrian refugees, it meekly matches Red Cross donations when « real canadians » (which is what the comments section says) need relief in Fort McMurray.

While it’s true that PM Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will match Red Cross donations for the Fort McMurray disaster, the government couldn’t limit its involvement to just that, even if it wanted to.

That would be illegal.

You see, there is this little thing called the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA), whereby the federal government has to cover a substantial percentage of disaster relief costs.

See the complete story at Metro Montreal