Canada Trudeau, Ford clash over asylum seekers

10:06  06 july  2018
10:06  06 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Ford blames Ottawa for illegal border crossers

  Ford blames Ottawa for illegal border crossers TORONTO - The Ontario government says Ottawa is to blame for a housing crisis caused by people crossing the border illegally and should pay all the costs. A spokesman for Premier Doug Ford said Thursday the federal government has encouraged people to cross into Canada illegally and continues to usher people across the U.S.-Quebec border into Ontario. "This has resulted in a housing crisis and threats to the services that Ontario families depend on," Simon Jefferies said in a statement."This mess was 100 per cent the result of the federal government, and the federal government should foot 100 per cent of the bills.

TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘s first official meeting with Ontario’s newly elected premier started with a friendly handshake Thursday, but it was clear the two leaders were miles apart when it comes to Ottawa’s handling of the recent surge in asylum seekers . Story continues below.

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TORONTO - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first official meeting with Ontario's newly elected premier started with a friendly handshake Thursday, but it was clear the two leaders were miles apart when it comes to Ottawa's handling of the recent surge in asylum seekers.

Moments before the meeting, Premier Doug Ford blamed the federal government's immigration policies for putting a strain on local and provincial resources, saying Trudeau's administration has encouraged people to cross into Canada illegally.

Justin Trudeau Says He Had To Explain Canada’s Refugee System To Doug Ford

  Justin Trudeau Says He Had To Explain Canada’s Refugee System To Doug Ford Justin Trudeau Says He Had To Explain Canada’s Refugee System To Doug FordTrudeau met with Ford at Queen's Park in Toronto for the first time since the Ontario election. Shortly before the meeting, the Ontario government blamed Ottawa for creating a "mess" of a housing crisis due to the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford , left, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met at Queen's Park on Thursday. The two leaders are already squaring off about who should pay to house asylum seekers in the province.

Blaming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ’s government for creating “a mess,” Premier Doug Ford ’s new Progressive Conservative administration is withdrawing Ontario’s co-operation with Ottawa on resettling asylum seekers , the Star has learned. Ford was sworn in last Friday. Over the past year, tens of

"This has resulted in a housing crisis and threats to the services that Ontario families depend on," Ford's office said in the statement. "This mess was 100 per cent the result of the federal government, and the federal government should foot 100 per cent of the bills."

The move drew swift backlash from the provincial Opposition and prompted the federal government to pledge ongoing efforts to alleviate the burden on provinces, while urging Ontario to participate in the process.

Emerging from the meeting alone, Trudeau suggested Ford may not fully understand Canada's international obligations when it comes to asylum seekers.

"I spent a little time explaining how the asylum-seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate," he said.

Trudeau meets with Toronto mayor John Tory

  Trudeau meets with Toronto mayor John Tory Toronto Mayor John Tory says municipalities across Ontario have offered to help handle the influx of asylum seekers that has caused a housing crisis in the city. Tory is meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning to discuss the issue as well as Toronto's escalating gun violence.Tory says many mayors in the province have told him they have jobs available for refugee claimants and asylum seekers.Trudeau says he will support Toronto's efforts to help refugees and to combat the gun and gang violence that is currently gripping the city.

New premier blames federal government for influx of asylum seekers . The Canadian Press · Posted: Jul 05, 2018 2:20 PM ET | Last Updated: July 5. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he spent some time explaining Canada’s asylum system to Premier Doug Ford at Queen’s Park.

This article is over 1 month old. Asylum seekers wait to be processed at Lacolle, Quebec, in August last year. Last month the opposition Conservatives – who have linked the rise in asylum seekers to Trudeau ’s viral tweet welcoming refugees – tabled a motion in the House of Commons urging the

"At the same time I agreed that it would be good for our officials to sit down and get clarity on how we can actually work together to ensure that we are holding true to our values but making sure that our immigration and refugee system is being applied in its integrity."

Lisa MacLeod, the provincial minister overseeing the immigration file, said Trudeau's comments were "disrespectful" and argued neither the province nor its municipalities should be on the hook for commitments made by the prime minister.

"(Trudeau) was the one who tweeted out that everyone was welcome here and as a result of that we've had thousands of people cross the border illegally and it's putting a strain on many of our public resources," she said.

"If he wants to welcome them in, that's fine, but he should make sure he's paying for them and compensating the municipalities as well as the provincial government."

Ontario faces resettlement 'crisis': minister

  Ontario faces resettlement 'crisis': minister TORONTO - The Ontario government says the province will face a crisis next month if Ottawa doesn't help find space for refugees and asylum seekers currently sheltered in university dorms. Lisa MacLeod, provincial minister in charge for immigration, urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit federal resources to relieve overcrowding in Toronto's shelter system. About 800 refugee claimants and asylum seekers are staying in Toronto college residences that must be vacated on Aug. 9 before students return to campus.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers faced questions in parliament on Tuesday a day after Reuters reported that Canada wants the legal authority to turn back thousands of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers faced questions in parliament on Tuesday a day after Reuters reported that Canada wants the legal authority to turn back thousands of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally.

The federal government recently pledged to give Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba $50 million to help offset some of the costs incurred due to the influx of asylum seekers illegally crossing the Canada-U.S. border.

The provinces, however, have asked for much more support.

Quebec, which has seen the bulk of asylum seekers arrive this year, has said its costs are closer to $146 million, though that tally includes projections for future expenses. The province is set to receive $36 million from Ottawa.

Ontario has been promised $11 million by the federal government but Toronto Mayor John Tory has said the city alone needs $64 million to recoup costs. The number of refugees and asylum claimants using the city's shelter system went from 459 in 2016 to 3,209 as of last month, according to a city report.

Hundreds currently being housed in college dormitories will be forced out in early August as schools prepare for students to return, the report said.

"The City of Toronto has been clear that we need assistance to deal with unprecedented numbers of refugee claimants and asylum seekers. The province has made its initial position clear," Tory said in a statement Thursday.

Watson asks Trudeau to pay cost of housing asylum seekers

  Watson asks Trudeau to pay cost of housing asylum seekers Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is asking the federal government to repay the city for providing emergency shelter to asylum seekers.An influx of asylum seekers from the United States, mostly of whom arrived via Montreal, have put a strain on the city's resources, Watson wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday.

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that were starting to emerge," she told Al Jazeera, citing efforts by Austria and Denmark to send asylum seekers who had already arrived in the EU to centres outside of the bloc.France and Italy, which recently clashed over migration, are among the countries supporting offshore

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"I will continue to urge the Canadian government to take immediate action and I am optimistic that the federal government will work with us to fulfil its responsibility to help cities deal with these families."

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has said the money already allocated is meant to help address some of the immediate temporary housing needs in those provinces.

A spokesman for the minister said Thursday the department is committed to working with the provinces on this issue.

"Over the past year, we have also worked closely with Quebec to ensure that adequate resources are in place and that every action is taken to reduce the impacts on provincial social services. We are ready to recreate this model in Ontario, and we need the collaboration of the provincial government."

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Ontario's former Liberal government signed an immigration agreement with Ottawa in November of last year.

Under the deal, Ontario agreed to resettle a share of refugees "recognizing the need for flexibility in responding to emerging humanitarian needs," while Ottawa agreed to take into account the potential financial impact on the province and consider the need for additional supports.

Doug Ford must end dangerous rhetoric on asylum seekers

  Doug Ford must end dangerous rhetoric on asylum seekers Doug Ford must end dangerous rhetoric on asylum seekersIf you tried to make a difficult situation worse, you couldn’t do a better job than the Ford team is doing by invoking inflammatory language about “illegal border crossers” and declaring that it won’t even work with the federal government to address this situation.

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Emerging from the meeting alone, Trudeau suggested Ford may not fully understand Canada's international obligations when it comes to asylum seekers .

- With files from Shawn Jeffords

Ontario minister walks out of immigration meeting .
Ontario's minister responsible for immigration has demanded an apology from federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen for saying the province is promoting fear about asylum seekers. "Maybe the minister should sit down and have a nice cup of tea, calm down a little bit and maybe phone me and apologize for calling me unCanadian," Lisa MacLeod said Friday.

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