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The Ontario cupboard minister chargeable for immigration has demanded an apology from federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, who she says known as her “un-Canadian” in makes an attempt to “bully” her into accepting the federal authorities’s line on immigration.
The remarks got here after MPP Lisa MacLeod stated the province of Ontario wouldn’t be a part of the communique signed at a gathering of federal, provincial and territorial ministers in Winnipeg.
Following the assembly, Hussen instructed reporters it was “unfortunate” that Ontario was not a part of the communique, which known as for a collaborative and long-term effort to enhance the immigration system.
He made the feedback as MacLeod sat in the back of the room as an alternative of standing alongside Hussen and different ministers on the rostrum.
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“I see the minister is in the room but not joining us at the podium,” Hussen stated, addressing MacLeod. “It’s not too late, minister, I encourage you to come join us, you’re part of the Canadian family.”
Hussen additionally accused Ontario of using a rhetoric of “fear and division,” and utilizing the province’s refugee disaster to sentence individuals fleeing troublesome conditions.
“Intentionally doing this is irresponsible, it’s divisive, it’s fear mongering and it’s not Canadian and it is very dangerous.”
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Once Hussen and different ministers left the room, MacLeod took to the rostrum to rebut Hussen’s remarks.
“When I challenged the federal minister of immigration on some of the issues that we’re confronting in Ottawa, the exchange became testy and I chose to leave the meeting,” she stated.
MacLeod stated Ontario is in dire want of help from the federal authorities because it tackles bills related to dealing with refugees and asylum seekers.
She stated Toronto and Ottawa have requested $75 million and $11 million respectively, whereas the province of Ontario has incurred prices of $90 million in assist companies for refugee claimants who crossed the border illegally and sought asylum.
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Hussen has been non-committal on about whether or not further funding is forthcoming, saying in Halifax earlier this week that he’s “perplexed” by the request at a time when the province hasn’t dedicated to assist Ottawa with a plan to redirect migrants to momentary shelters outdoors of Toronto.
MacLeod, who can also be the Minister Responsible for for Women’s Issues and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, accused Hussen of attempting to intimidate her when she was “simply asking them to fix the problems that they have created with their federal policies.”
“I was expecting that we would be able to collaborate on that; instead, what I saw today was an attempt of [Hussen] calling me un-Canadian, which I take great offence to and I hope he will apologize and reconsider his language. I also won’t be bullied into accepting what the federal government is doing because we do have severe and significant challenges [in Ontario],” stated MacLeod.
“I found his comments were very divisive, I thought his comments were actually mean-spirited towards me personally and I didn’t appreciate that. I think that his rhetoric is unhelpful and [that] he wants to avoid actually writing me a cheque for $175 million is what I got out of that.”
MacLeod concluded with one other demand for apology.
“I think maybe the minister should sit down, have a nice cup of tea, calm down a little bit and maybe phone me and apologize for calling me un-Canadian.”
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Michelle Rempel, the federal Conservatives’ immigration critic, tweeted her assist for MacLeod, and slammed Hussen’s “disgusting” behaviour.
“He is a bully, who tries to shut down scrutiny of Trudeau’s failure to address the illegal border crossing crisis with name calling, insults, and condescension. This is no way to build a compassionate immigration system,” Rempel wrote.
MacLeod additionally discovered assist from her Saskatchewan counterpart Jeremy Harrison, whose province additionally didn’t signal on to the communique. Harrison stated the Saskatchewan authorities held agency in its place that the federal authorities fund helps for asylum seekers.
“Canada has yet to follow through on a commitment to fully support refugee transition and there is now added pressure for provinces to also support asylum seekers.”
— With a file from The Canadian Press
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Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-07-13 17:28:20, as ‘Ontario MPP Lisa MacLeod slams ‘bully’ Ahmed Hussen as immigration dispute heats up