Conservatives push Liberals for plan to deal with asylum seekers


OTTAWA — Conservative Immigration critic Michelle Rempel is urging the Liberals to come up with a better plan to deal with the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States.

Rempel says so far all Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done to tackle the issue is shuffle his cabinet and throw money at the problem.

Trudeau has no intention of restoring fairness and compassion to the system, Rempel said Tuesday.

Rempel and Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre held a news conference in Ottawa to kick off a full day of hearings by the House of Commons immigration committee.

At the urging of Rempel and other opposition MPs, the Commons committee has summoned politicians away from the barbecue circuit to study the asylum seekers issue.

Committee members agreed last week to hold at least two meetings before August to review the government’s response to the irregular border crossers, many of whom are coming into Canada through an unofficial entry point in Quebec.

Trudeau recently appointed former Toronto police chief Bill Blair as the new minister of border security and organized crime reduction, handing him duties related to irregular migrants.

At the news conference, Rempel voiced skepticism about the cabinet move, asking whether it was simply a public relations exercise that would create more bureaucracy.

“I think the government has a lot of explaining to do.”

The Canadian Press