Canada Trudeau has saddled Tory with a ‘mess’ on asylum seekers, Ford says

10:07  10 july  2018
10:07  10 july  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending the way his government has handled a surge of asylum seekers , a day after Ontario's new government Trudeau said Ford had a number of questions about immigration issues during their closed-door discussion. PCs say policies created ' mess '.

Doug Ford says the federal government has yet to give Ontario any money to help resettle asylum seekers as costs have soared past 0-million, reprimanding Ottawa during his first meeting as Premier with Toronto Mayor John Tory .

Premier Doug Ford, right, shares a laugh with Toronto Mayor John Tory at the premier’s Queen’s Park office on July 9, 2018. It was their first official meeting at Queen’s Park.© Lucas Oleniuk Premier Doug Ford, right, shares a laugh with Toronto Mayor John Tory at the premier’s Queen’s Park office on July 9, 2018. It was their first official meeting at Queen’s Park.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has saddled Toronto Mayor John Tory with a “mess” when it comes to accommodating asylum seekers, warns Premier Doug Ford.

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In their first official meeting at Queen’s Park, Ford on Monday blasted Ottawa for the “the illegal border-crossers that were put on the backs of the city of Toronto.”

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.

But Toronto Mayor John Tory has asked for million and he and Ford want the Trudeau government to pay the bill. A statement from Ford ’s office said Ottawa was responsible for the influx of asylum seekers .

Trudeau said Ford had a number of questions about immigration issues during their closed-door discussion. Tory has previously said the city has run out of space, resources and people to help settle asylum seekers , and called for other governments to help.

“The mayor is in a very tough … spot trying to get funding,” said the premier, who was sworn in on June 29.

That was a reference to the strain on resources due to asylum seekers entering Canada from the United States, a crisis triggered by President Donald Trump’s policies on migrants.

“The province and the city are spending a fortune and the person that created this mess, we haven’t seen any funding,” said Ford, referring to Trudeau.

“Hopefully it’s coming, we hear it’s coming. We’ll wait and see.”

Those were the rookie premier’s first public comments since his contentious meeting with Trudeau on the issue last Thursday at Queen’s Park.

Tory, for his part, was more measured, noting he was “discussing some of the pressures that we’re facing in our shelter system as a result of the refugee and asylum claimants.”

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.

Trudeau Says He Had To Explain Canada's Refugee System To Doug Ford . Earlier Friday, Toronto Mayor John Tory said municipalities across Ontario have offered to help handle the influx of asylum seekers , saying they have jobs available for refugee claimants and asylum seekers .

But this week, Mr. Ford said the federal government created a “ mess ” at its borders and should clean it up, and refused to pay to help settle the 5,500 asylum seekers who have arrived in Ontario in recent months. After his meeting with Mr. Trudeau , Mr. Tory said he was encouraged by the Prime

“I am absolutely confident that we can work together on all of these issues because it’s in our mutual interest to do so,” said the mayor, who met with Trudeau separately on Friday.

As first disclosed by the Star, Ford stunned the federal government last week by signalling the province was stepping back from any role in alleviating the migrant crisis.

That decision sparked a withering salvo from the prime minister.

“It didn’t seem to me that the premier was quite as aware of our international obligations to the UN Convention on Refugees as he might have been,” Trudeau told reporters Thursday.

“So I spent a little time explaining how the asylum-seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate. I reassured the premier — or I attempted to reassure the premier — that the asylum-seeker stream is separate from the immigration stream,” he said.

“Canada has always had a separate procedure to assess refugees and to determine whether they are, indeed, fleeing violence, persecution and terror, or else they are simply economic migrants, at which point they would get sent home.”

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.

Mr Trudeau said he had to spend "a little time explaining" how the asylum -seeking system works in his first meeting with Mr Ford since the The federal government has already earmarked Cm (.4m; £6.3m) to help Ontario with housing asylum seekers , but Mr Tory said he needs more like Cm.

But Toronto Mayor John Tory has asked for million and he and Ford want the Trudeau government to pay the bill. A statement from Ford ’s office said Ottawa was responsible for the influx of asylum seekers .

Monday’s meeting between the premier and the mayor was also an opportunity for the two men to discuss transit, housing, and Toronto’s recent spate of gun violence.

“We look forward to working hand in hand with the mayor,” said Ford.

The two political leaders are not close and have a complicated history.

Tory defeated Ford in the 2014 Toronto mayoral election and then worked closely with premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.

Last month, Ford toppled Wynne’s party, leading the Progressive Conservatives back to power after almost 15 years in the political wilderness.

In becoming premier, he achieved something that eluded Tory, who led the provincial Conservatives from 2004 until 2009.

Ford’s new government will outline its agenda in a speech from the throne on Thursday, one day after the legislature resumes to elect a new speaker. There will then be a brief summer legislative session.

Trudeau, Ford clash over asylum seekers .
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 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.

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