Justin Trudeau questioned as rallies are held in cities across Canada.
Rallies were held in cities across Canada on Monday including in Courtenay, Victoria, Calgary and Ottawa.
Billed as The Day Of Action For The Azer Children, the gatherings were held to put pressure on the Canadian government to do more to get the children out of northern Iraq where they are being held by their father.
Saren Azer, a once respected physician in Comox abducted his children in August 2015, taking them on a court-approved trip to Europe. He was to return them to their mother and his ex-wife Alison two weeks later but never did.
Family, friends and supporters think the Canadian government needs to do more to get the kids released.
“The push for our government to take action at any level needs to be done now. I’m really worried about the kids. There’s bombing in the area where we believe them to be” said Christine Vanderree at the Victoria rally. Vanderree is the children’s principal at Queneesh Elementary School in Courtenay.
Their grandfather echoed the same sentiment in Courtenay.
“If they delay too much it might be too late” said a heart-broken Jim Jeffrey.
Alison Azer found the location of her children when she went to Iraq in November.
It’s a dangerous area of Kurdistan in northern Iraq controlled by the rebel group known as the PKK.
Their father is refusing to release them and it is believed the PKK is assisting him.
Today in the House of Commons NDP leader Tom Mulcair asked the Prime Minister what was being done to rescue the children?
“Why hasn’t the Prime Minister bothered to call President Barzani (Kurdistan) to bring these kids home?” asked Mulcair.
“Mr. Speaker we are fully seized with the importance and urgency of this case. Canadian consular officials are working extremely closely with the appropriate government authorities in Canada and abroad. Rest assured that the safety of those children is a high priority for this government” replied the Prime Minister.
It is hoped that a deal between Canada, Kurdistan and the PKK can be brokered in order to have Saren Azer ordered to release the children.