Trudeau ac­cused of help­ing to create con­di­tions for mi­grant car­a­van to U.S.

StarMetro Halifax - - HALIFAX - Taryn Grant STARMETRO HAL­I­FAX Read more about the car­a­van at thes­tar.com/hal­i­fax

A few dozen peo­ple gath­ered in Hal­i­fax on Satur­day to show their sol­i­dar­ity with the car­a­van of mi­grants trav­el­ling through Mex­ico in hopes of reach­ing the United States.

“I think Cana­di­ans would be sur­prised to learn the role that Canada has played in Hon­duras in cre­at­ing some of the con­di­tions that are caus­ing peo­ple to flee,” said event or­ga­nizer Stacey Gomez.

She ad­dressed a crowd in­side a Hal­i­fax cof­fee shop about the re­cent his­tory of un­rest in Hon­duras, the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try from which many in the car­a­van orig­i­nated.

Gomez said Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau did a dis­ser­vice to Hon­durans by rec­og­niz­ing Pres­i­dent Juan Or­lando Her­nan­dez af­ter his dis­puted elec­tion win last year.

“There were many ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties with that elec­tion, but Canada still rec­og­nized that gov­ern­ment,” she said.

Now an es­ti­mated 6,200 mi­grants and refugees from Hon­duras, Gu­atemala and El Sal­vador are mak­ing their way to­ward the U.s.-mex­ico border, flee­ing poverty and threats of vi­o­lence.

Gomez called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­peal the Canada-u.s. Safe Third Coun­try Agree­ment and open Cana­dian borders to the mi­grants in the car­a­van.

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Mi­grants, mostly Hon­durans, make their way to Isla, Ver­acruz State, in Mex­ico last week.

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