Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Carbon price proceeds to go directly to Ontario residents: Trudeau

Justin Trudeau Trudeau suggests Ford doesn't fully understand Canada's refugee system
Melinda Barton | 09 July, 2018, 16:41

The city of London won't pledge immediate help to Toronto as that city struggles to deal with an influx of asylum seekers. "This mess was 100% the result of the Federal Government".

Looks that way - especially after Trudeau passively aggressively suggested that Ford does not understand the complexities of the out-of-control refugee crisis in Canada and Toronto/Ontario.

"I spent a little time explaining how the asylum-seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate", he said.

He said he also stressed the need for collaboration, saying officials from both levels of government should get together to make sure the immigration and refugee system is being applied "in its integrity".

"(Trudeau) was the one who tweeted out that everyone was welcome here and as a result of that we've had thousands of people cross the border illegally and it's putting a strain on many of our public resources", she said.

Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, who's responsible for immigration issues, said the Ontario government will not pick up the tab for people who have since entered the country at illegal crossings.

"The response that I got from across Ontario was fabulously positive and they've agreed, many of them from different parts of the province, to help", he said, adding numerous mayors suggested they also had jobs to offer newcomers.

Quebec, which has seen the bulk of asylum seekers arrive this year, has said its costs are closer to $146 million, though that tally includes projections for future expenses.

The province has already committed $3 million to the Red Cross and offered up the 800 spaces that these people now occupy in college dorms, which students will need come next month.

But Toronto Mayor John Tory has asked for $64 million and he and Ford want the Trudeau government to pay the bill. The number of refugees and asylum claimants using the city's shelter system went from 459 in 2016 to 3,209 as of last month, according to a city report.

Currently, some 800 refugees are staying at two college dormitories in the city, but that won't be possible when students return to classes in the fall.

About 800 refugee claimants and asylum seekers are staying in Toronto college residences that must be vacated on August 9 before students return to campus. Tory said many offered to pitch in.

"The response that I got from across Ontario was fabulously positive and they've agreed, many of them from different parts of the province, to help", Tory said, adding numerous mayors suggested they also had jobs to offer newcomers.

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is on record as saying he is concerned about the Toronto situation and Ottawa will help.

"We've been clear that the $1.4 billion Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is only available to provinces and territories that are part of Canada's clean growth and climate action plan", Caroline Theriault, a spokesman for federal Energy and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, said in an e-mail Thursday.

Cap and trade was introduced by Ontario's former Liberal government to put limits on the amount of acceptable emissions and create incentives for industry to invest in reducing their carbon footprint.