‘Not Canadian’: Hussen, MacLeod exchange sharp words over asylum seeker ‘crisis’


    A gathering between Canada’s federal and provincial immigration ministers ended bitterly Friday, with federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen overtly criticizing the Ontario authorities for what he known as a harmful and un-Canadian method to the difficulty of asylum seekers.

    “They’ve chosen to make use of false language with respect to so-called queue-jumping, when we’ve got informed them over and over once more there isn’t any such factor,” Hussen informed reporters in Winnipeg on the closing press convention.

    “Asylum seekers are processed in a separate queue on the IRB and all the opposite common immigration applications are processed by IRCC, and conflating the 2 knowingly is irresponsible, it is divisive, it is fearmongering and it is not Canadian, and it’s extremely harmful.”

    Hussen criticized Ontario’s Minister of Kids, Group and Social Companies Lisa MacLeod — who can be answerable for the immigration file — for strolling away from discussions between the opposite immigration ministers and for refusing to signal the official communique issued after the conferences.

    The ministers did discuss asylum seekers from the U.S. crossing the border into Canada irregularly, however in addition they met to debate financial immigration, francophone immigration, settlement and integration and how one can entice new staff to Canada, Hussen mentioned.

    “So we talked about all these points, however sadly Ontario has chosen to stroll away from the desk. They’ve failed their municipalities as a result of they’re saying they don’t have something to do with this,” he mentioned. “The actual fact is that short-term housing and housing points are a shared accountability and we’ve got to work collectively, and we’re dedicated to working collectively.

    “I’ve spoken to Mayor (John) Tory of Toronto and I’ve informed him that the federal government of Canada may have the backs of all municipalities affected by this and we might be there for Ontario.”

    MacLeod didn’t take the assault evenly, telling reporters after Hussen left the rostrum that it was the federal minister who didn’t wish to collaborate on the difficulty of irregular migration.

    “I’m not going to get right into a debate on semantics with the minister,” she mentioned, “however I did request that he think about these exorbitant prices which … is about $175 million on prime of the $three million that Ontario supplied to the Purple Cross.”

    “I used to be anticipating that we’d be capable of collaborate on that. As an alternative, what I noticed right here at this time was … him calling me un-Canadian, which I take nice offence to. And I so hope he’ll apologize and rethink his language.

    “There’s a downside on the border, the border should be enforced and … Ontario ought to be made entire for all the prices that we have incurred.”




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