Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Refugees, issued a statement following reports that the Trudeau government has asked the United States to renegotiate the Safe Third Country Agreement:
“Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives have repeatedly called on Justin Trudeau to close the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement. While it appears the Trudeau government has finally entered into discussions with the United States, these talks are too little too late. Formal negotiations should have taken place many months ago.
“Not only are these discussions taking place too late, the Trudeau government has failed to be transparent. Last October, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Refugees appeared at committee and stated that the Trudeau government had not spoken to the United States about renegotiating the Safe Third Country Agreement. When asked again on March 19th, the Minister said no formal negotiations had taken place. This is in direct contradiction to today’s reports that claim discussions began last September.
“Justin Trudeau must be honest with Canadians and say whether discussions to renegotiate the Safe Third Country Agreement have in fact taken place. It is ridiculous to expect the United States to take Canada seriously on this issue when the Liberal government is not only negotiating in secret, but publicly saying that no such negotiations are taking place.
“Last week, Justin Trudeau voted against taking immediate action and tabling a plan to manage our borders and immigration system. Conservatives will continue to hold the Prime Minister accountable, and call for the entire Canada-U.S. border to be designated as an official port of entry.”
For more information:
Office of Michelle Rempel Michelle.Rempel.A1@parl.gc.ca Phone: 613-992-4275