The new Ontario government is demanding that Trudeau pick up the tab for the migration fiasco that he himself has created. Normally, the feds respond by pointing at all the new money they have been throwing at the problem. This time, they reached a new low.
Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen attacked the Ontario government’s concern over “queue-jumping”, which has seen illegal immigrants simply walk across the border, particularly in Manitoba and Quebec.
He denied the existence of such a problem, and condemned the Ontario government for bringing up the issue “when we have told them over and over again there is no such thing”.
Then, he argued that asylum seekers are processed separately from other kinds of immigration, and that therefore, the illegal border crossers do not deprive or prejudice anyone who is seeking to come into the country legally.
While it is true that the different categories of immigration have their own separate quotas, it is simply a disconnect from reality to say that there is no effect.
Are we to believe that the drain on public resources by illegal migrants will have absolutely zero influence on immigration quotas in the near future?
Just to make sure we got the point, he said that the Province of Ontario’s concern over the migrant crisis is “fear mongering” that is “dangerous” and “not Canadian”.
Ontario’s Immigration Minister, Lisa MacLeod, shot back, saying that the federal minister’s comments were offensive, unduly emotional, and disregards the province’s legitimate concerns.
She demanded an apology for the “mean-spirited” remarks.
Check out the highlights of the exchange for yourself:
Why does this matter?
The comment made by the immigration minister is extremely important as it serves to delegitimize the views of others who oppose the government’s stance on illegal border crosses by branding them as quintessentially un-Canadian.
It is a worrying move that in many ways shows just how far the political divide in our country is becoming, as more and more individuals choose to create an ‘us vs them’ paradigm put forward by the minister.
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