Ontario, federal immigration ministers spar over province’s ‘fear-mongering’ rhetoric

Ontario, federal immigration ministers spar over province’s ‘fear-mongering’ rhetoric

WINNIPEG—Ontario’s minister responsible for immigration has demanded an apology from federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen for saying the province is promoting fear about asylum seekers.

“Maybe the minister should sit down and have a nice cup of tea, calm down a little bit and maybe phone me and apologize for calling me unCanadian,” Lisa MacLeod said Friday.

Ontario immigration minister Lisa Macleod demanded an apology after federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the province was promoting fear around asylum seekers.  (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO)

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers were meeting in Winnipeg to discuss immigration issues when Hussen was asked about Ontario Premier Doug Ford demanding that federal government pay millions to provide supports for asylum seekers.

Ford has said the federal government is ushering people across the border and asylum seekers, whom he calls “illegal border crossers,” have caused a housing crisis in Ontario.

Hussen said the new premier’s messaging is irresponsible.
“It’s divisive. It’s fear-mongering and it’s not Canadian. It’s very dangerous,” Hussen said.

Full article: TheStar.com

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