Saturday, July 7, 2018

FUNDING ONTARIO'S ILLEGAL ASYLUM SEEKERS

    TORONTO — Just a week after Doug Ford took office, the rift between his new Tory government and Justin Trudeau's federal Liberals appears to be growing as they verbally spar over funding for refugees and asylum seekers in the province.
     On Friday, the Ontario government said it faces a "looming crisis" next month if Ottawa doesn't help find space for refugees and asylum seekers currently sheltered in college dorms.
     But Ottawa appeared to show signs Friday it may not hand over the millions in funding if Ontario isn't a "willing partner" on the immigration file.
    "That money was earmarked to deal with immediate housing pressures," said Mathieu Genest, press Secretary for federal Minister Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen. "We will need to make sure that Ontario's a willing partner before that money flows just to make sure that that money is actually going to support the things we need it to support."

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