Bill Kelly: Asylum-seekers policy dust-up is nothing new

Howard TerryJul 09, 2018

"It didn't seem to me that the premier was quite as aware of our global obligation to the U.N. Convention on refugees as he might have been, so I spent a little time explaining how the asylum-seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate", Trudeau said.

He said that it is important to determine a "path forward" that "demonstrates the values that define Canadians and our communities" while also "ensuring that the rules are followed and that our immigration systems remains something that Canadians can have confidence in".

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In confirming the move on Thursday, a spokesperson for the provincial government blamed the federal government for creating a "mess" by encouraging "illegal border crossers" to come into the country and said that they should pay 100 per cent of the costs of accommodating those people.

"This has resulted in a housing crisis and threats to the services that Ontario families depend on", a spokesman for Ford said Thursday.

A statement from the office of London Mayor Matt Brown said London is in the "same situation" as Toronto and wants to help, but first needs to know where the money is coming from.

But another fight is brewing over Ford's decision to scrap the cap-and-trade program, in part to lower gas prices, putting him at odds with the federal government's plan for carbon pricing across the country.

In June, Toronto Mayor John Tory sent a letter urging the federal government for more support.

Genest said the federal government is aware of the August 9 deadline and will help the City of Toronto.

"Make no mistake we will be there for Toronto".

All smiles for the cameras as Prime Minister Trudeau travelled to Toronto to meet the newly installed Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

Boyd said Canada, and its provinces, have been long-standing co-signators to global agreements which give asylum seekers legal rights.

"What I am saying to the federal government is you have resources and you have assets in the City of Toronto and you are going to need to use those".

The province has already committed $3 million to the Red Cross and offered up the 800 spaces that these people now occupy in college dorms, she said.

"Canada does indeed have an obligation that goes back 50 years and it has always been a leader in the notion that refugee claimants do have certain rights", she said.

"Can be a number of things about which our opinions differ, but there is one thing about which the Prime Minister agree", - said Ford.

"Unfortunately, conservative politicians here and around the world are playing a very unsafe game with something that shouldn't be fodder for division", he said.

Canadians are generally very supportive of immigration, Trudeau added. "We are going to see that in the results".

Specifics, including whether the city would be reimbursed for the $65-million it says the more than 3,000 refugees in its shelter system have cost it, were not in offer in their brief remarks.

The shelter has been operating at capacity since November 2017, she said.

"We need Ontario to be part of the solution", he said.

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