Ottawa: The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued a statement following a joint news conference between the Trudeau government and Mayor John Tory:
“Today, the Trudeau government was forced to re-announce an ‘installment’ payment of $11 million dollars in an attempt to cover up the fact that they have no plan to deal with the Prime Minister’s failure to manage Canada’s borders. We know from today’s announcement that there are more ‘installment’ payments to come.
“Instead of presenting a fully costed, long-term plan to Canadians, Justin Trudeau has instead chosen to set up a permanent hotel program to deal with the influx of illegal border crossers. This is yet another example of an unbudgeted, band-aid solution by this irresponsible Liberal government.
“The Trudeau government said that the truth is important when it comes to the situation at our borders. The truth is that the Prime Minister has only made the situation worse, and permanent, by failing to take action. Busing individuals from Roxham Road to Toronto to live in homeless shelters, dormitories, and now hotels is not compassionate. Money is not a plan. Justin Trudeau can’t keep throwing money at this crisis and hope it will go away.
“At a time when Canadians are struggling to make ends meet, and so many newcomers are trying to legally enter Canada, the Trudeau government’s failure to manage our borders poses an unfair and unnecessary challenge. It is long past time the Prime Minister presents Canadians with a plan to deal with this mess.”
“A Conservative government will regain control of our borders, prioritize refugees from the world’s most dangerous countries, and make sure those who obey the law are treated fairly.”