Trudeau, Tory meet as gun violence, refugee costs heat up

Monday, 09 Jul, 2018

"And we'll be there for that", Trudeau said.

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Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has said the money is meant to help address some of the immediate temporary housing needs in those provinces.

At a news conference on Friday morning, Ontario's Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod said that while her government will continue to offer various supports to refugees, they can not and will not shoulder the burden of accommodating thousands of asylum seekers.

Tory has previously said that 10 new refugee claimants are being added to Toronto's shelter system every day and that the group is on pace to make up 50 per cent of all shelter occupants by November.

Tory said he would be looking to the federal government for assistance.

In June, Toronto Mayor John Tory sent a letter urging the federal government for more support.

He said the federal government hopes to create an "orderly system" to move refugees out of cities to other places.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first official meeting with Ontario's newly elected premier started with a friendly handshake Thursday, but it was clear the two leaders were miles apart when it comes to Ottawa's handling of the recent surge in asylum seekers. "We're working with Toronto to make sure that we have a plan in place to deal with that situation".

Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, who has responsibility for immigration, said the Justin Trudeau government has to step up to deal with asylum seekers crossing into the country at illegal points of entry.

Since January, nearly 9,500 asylum seekers have been caught at the border.

"What I am saying to the federal government is you have resources and you have assets in the City of Toronto and you are going to need to use those".

Ford spokesman Simon Jefferies said the premier is making good on a promise of his own made during the spring provincial election campaign.

Neither leader said whether contingency plans were being put in place to deal with the 800 refugee claimants now housed in two college dorms that will have no place to go as of August 9.

Earlier, the Prime Minister praised Mr.

"Unfortunately conservative politicians here and around the world are playing a very unsafe game with something that shouldn't be fodder for division", Trudeau said on CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "We're going to sit down and talk about it".

Hill-Corrigan said she's now unsure whether the provincial government will continue to support the program as part of a three-year agreement signed with the previous administration.

Meanwhile, some of those tasked with helping to house the newcomers say the disagreement between Ottawa and Ontario over the issue has left them in limbo.

The letter claimed that there were more than 3,000 refugee claimants and asylum seekers living in shelters and hotels.

"The discussion now has to be about rebuilding capacity - reopening beds and (operating rooms), restoring funding - not centralizing, cutting, closing and privatization our local hospitals", Natalie Mehra, the coalition's executive director, said in a statement.