Man­i­toba wants co-or­di­na­tion with feds on refugee surge

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

WIN­NIPEG — Man­i­toba Premier Brian Pal­lis­ter says he and other pre­miers will have a con­fer­ence call this week to dis­cuss the grow­ing num­ber of refugees cross­ing the bor­der.

Pal­lis­ter says the aim is to co-or­di­nate the ap­proaches of the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments in deal­ing with the in­flux of peo­ple cross­ing through ditches and fields — away from bor­der sta­tions —to seek asy­lum.

The bor­der com­mu­nity of Emer­son, Man., is one of the ar­eas that has seen a sharp in­crease in re­cent weeks. The com­mu­nity’s reeve, Greg Janzen, says Canada should change its Safe Third Coun­try agree­ment with the United States, so that refugees flee­ing the U.S. can claim asy­lum at of­fi­cial bor­der cross­ings. He says that would re­duce the risks posed by peo­ple sneak­ing across un­guarded bor­der points in cold weather. Pal­lis­ter was non-com­mit­tal on the idea, say­ing there are ar­gu­ments for and against chang­ing the deal.

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