Feds plan for temporary housing at highly trafficked Quebec border crossing

The federal government wants to build temporary housing for up to 520 people at the Quebec border crossing that has been the scene of an influx of asylum seekers in the past.


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OTTAWA — The federal government wants to build temporary housing for up to 520 people at the Quebec border crossing that has been the scene of an influx of asylum seekers in the past.

Public Works and the Canada Border Services Agency say in a notice that the housing units are for Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle — the municipality where the majority of RCMP interceptions of irregular migrants in Quebec take place.

The notice is for heated, ventilated and illuminated shelters for three-season use that must include areas for sleeping, security, reception and warehousing.

The government is also looking for other units for quarantine spaces and sanitary services as well as systems for drinking water and drainage.

Mike MacDonald, a senior Immigration Department official, told the House of Commons committee Thursday that about 2,500 asylum seekers crossed into Canada from the U.S. in April.

Conservative MPs Michelle Rempel and Pierre Paul-Hus are set to discuss the state of Canada’s borders later today.

The Canadian Press


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  1. Why not use the Prime Ministers house he is apparently not using it and we are paying for the heat and up keep.

  2. Justin Trudeau has the power to end these illegal entries but won’t do it. He is hell bent on destroying Canada by taking all these asylum seekers even though it puts a severe strain on our resources. Trump is laughing at him. Just saying he was going to deport them and Justin’s open declaration that CANADA WELCOMES YOU sent them scurrying to Canada. Certainly solved Trump’s problem. He knows Trudeau is nothing more than a child in a man’s body and played him like a fiddle. Now we are paying the billions of dollars.to support them. Millenials are responsible gif electing him and I hope they see the error of their ways begore 2019.

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