Trudeau, Ford clash over asylum seekers in first official meeting

Trudeau, Ford clash over asylum seekers in first official meeting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suggesting Ontario's new premier doesn't fully understand Canada's worldwide obligations when it comes to dealing with refugee claimants.

Premier Doug Ford, who met with Trudeau on Thursday, said he will not dedicate any provincial resources to people who have crossed the border illegally into Canada from the United States, likely fleeing a clamp-down by President Donald Trump.

At a news conference on Friday morning, Ontario's Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod said that while her government will continue to offer various supports to refugees, they can not and will not shoulder the burden of accommodating thousands of asylum seekers. "This mess - hundred percent the result of actions of the Federal government, but because it has one hundred percent to pay the bills".

"During a photo-op prior to his meeting with Tory, Trudeau thanked the mayor for his leadership on the resettlement of asylum seekers and promised to ensure that the federal government is "a good, strong and present" partner" in those efforts.

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

Trudeau said Ford had a number of questions about immigration issues during their closed-door discussion.

"If (Trudeau) wants to welcome them in, that's fine, but he should make sure that he's paying for them", MacLeod said.

MacLeod said it's unclear how much the province is spending to house asylum seekers, but suggested the $11 million the federal government is sending to the province may only cover "one-tenth" of the cost.

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Beryl had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, then it disintegrated as a tropical storm shortly before reaching Dominica. Tropical Storm Beryl is moving rapidly westward toward the Lesser Antilles at the eastern entrance of the Caribbean Sea.

Hill-Corrigan said she's now unsure whether the provincial government will continue to support the program as part of a three-year agreement signed with the previous administration.

Quebec alone estimates their cost at about $146 million because they rightly include ongoing costs for housing and settlement, yet they're only in line for about $36 million.

Currently, some 800 refugees are staying at two college dormitories in the city, but that won't be possible when students return to classes in the fall. "The City of Toronto has been clear that we need assistance to deal with unprecedented numbers of refugee claimants and asylum seekers".

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.

"Right now, we are saying we have a problem and we need help", Tory said.

Earlier, federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told Metro Morning that he is concerned about the pressure an influx of refugees is putting on Toronto.

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.

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