Lib­er­als Still Don’t Have a Plan to Han­dle Il­le­gal Border Cross­ings: Rem­pel & Paul-Hus

The Miracle - - POLITICS -

OT­TAWA, ON – The Hon. Michelle Rem­pel, Con­ser­va­tive Shadow Min­is­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Con­ser­va­tive Shadow Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Safety and Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness, to­day is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment in re­sponse to Min­is­ter Bill Blair’s man­date let­ter from Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau: “Nearly two months af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter ap­pointed Bill Blair to cabi­net, we fi­nally re­ceived some in­for­ma­tion about his job de­scrip­tion, but un­for­tu­nately it’s clearly an ex­er­cise in pub­lic re­la­tions, not a plan of ac­tion. “The let­ter con­tains no for­mal com­mit­ment to rene­go­ti­ate the Safe Third Coun­try Agree­ment in such a way that would close the loop­hole that fa­cil­i­tates the Rox­ham Road cross­ing in Que­bec. This is be­cause Justin Trudeau has no in­ten­tion of do­ing so. “Con­ser­va­tives have been call­ing on the Trudeau gov­ern­ment to make con­crete pol­icy de­ci­sions to deal with the in­flux of border cross­ings for al­most two years. In that time pe­riod, they have failed to broach the is­sues with the Amer­i­cans, in­stead choos­ing to spend hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to fa­cil­i­tate the claims of those il­le­gally cross­ing the border from safe spa­ces like up­state New York. “The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment’s com­plete mis­man­age­ment of our im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem means that the world’s most vul­ner­a­ble who are wait­ing in refugee camps and new­com­ers to Canada wait­ing their turn to have their ap­pli­ca­tions pro­cessed will have to wait longer. It is long past time for the Prime Min­is­ter to present Cana­di­ans with a plan to deal with his mess. “Fur­ther, we still don’t have any clar­ity on who is lead on this is­sue. How can Min­is­ter Blair be ex­pected to ne­go­ti­ate with the United States if the Lib­er­als can’t even fig­ure out which Min­is­ter is in charge of their in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal task force? “In­stead of pre­sent­ing a fully costed, longterm plan to Cana­di­ans, Justin Trudeau has cho­sen to al­low il­le­gal border cross­ings to be­come a per­ma­nent stream of im­mi­gra­tion. This is yet an­other ex­am­ple of an un­bud­geted non-so­lu­tion from this Lib­eral gov­ern­ment. “This par­lia­men­tary ses­sion, Canada’s Con­ser­va­tives will con­tinue to hold the gov­ern­ment to ac­count and ad­vo­cate for con­struc­tive pol­icy so­lu­tions, such as the ones we an­nounced last week. Our Path­way To Canada tour will al­low us to hear di­rectly from pol­icy-mak­ers and stake­hold­ers on how best to im­prove our im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem. “Con­ser­va­tives have a plan to re­fo­cus Canada’s im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem on or­der, fair­ness and com­pas­sion. Justin Trudeau does not.”

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