Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement in advance of the G7 summit being hosted in Charlevoix, Quebec:
“In recent days, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship went to Washington and failed to open formal negotiations with the United States on the Safe Third Country Agreement. This means that illegal border crossers will continue to enter into Canada through unofficial points of entry, while the world’s most vulnerable and those who play by the rules will be forced to wait longer for a path to citizenship.
“It should come as no surprise to Canadians that Justin Trudeau is simply not interested in stopping the flow of illegal border crossers. Despite the fact that migration issues are currently affecting countries around the world, the Prime Minister failed to add asylum system reform to the G7 agenda.
“This week, the Trudeau government has lost two crucial opportunities to raise the issue of closing the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States. The Prime Minister’s inability to make the necessary policy decisions to ensure the most basic functions of our immigration system continue to work will have a lasting impact for years to come.
“Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives will continue to advocate for a compassionate and fair immigration system, hold Justin Trudeau accountable, and call for the Safe Third Country loophole to be closed by designating the entire Canada-U.S. border as an official point of entry.”
For more information:
Office of Michelle Rempel - Phone: 613-992-4275 - Michelle.Rempel.A1@parl.gc.ca