John Tory meets with Justin Trudeau amid dispute over asylum seeker costs

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Premier Rob Ford on Thursday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Premier Rob Ford on Thursday

"It is not up to Mayor John Tory, nor is it up to Premier Doug Ford, to pay for the commitments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or any of his cabinet ministers".

A surge of asylum seekers from the United States has caused strife between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leader of the most populous province.

By some accounts, it was not a smooth meeting.

After Mr Ford's statements, Mr Trudeau responded that more help will be on the way. Trudeau has insisted Canada must tax carbon and has stated he will force a carbon tax of $20/tonne on the province if Ford doesn't create a provincial carbon tax by September 1.

"The theme of Ford's early days in office has been backroom deals to benefit his wealthy friends, and nothing to actually fix health care", said NDP legislator France Gelinas.

During the campaign, Ford's team estimated challenging the federal carbon tax in court would cost taxpayers $30 million over four years. Some accounts say the meeting was "superheated".

Trudeau met with Ford at Queen's Park Thursday, where the pair discussed the issue. There is a process, however, that is now not being followed by illegal border crossers.

She said that since 2017, 28,000 asylum seekers have entered Canada at Quebec-U.S. border and 5,500 of them have ended up in Ontario. This has resulted in a housing crisis, and threats to the services that Ontario families depend on. "This mess was 100 per cent the result of the federal government, and the federal government should foot 100 per cent of the bills".

Speaking to reporters before the meeting, they noted that in some things their point of view is still the same.

"It didn't seem to me that the premier was quite as aware of our global obligations to the United Nations convention on refugees as he might have been", Trudeau said.

Emerging from the meeting alone, Trudeau suggested Ford may not fully understand Canada's global obligations when it comes to asylum seekers.

Aug 7.2017: A group of migrants which has just been dropped off by taxi on the U.S side, prepares to cross illegally into Canada at Quebec on a newly filled-in pathway over what used to be a ditch which had separated the two countries. "Since 2017, almost 28,000 people have crossed the border illegally coming into Canada".

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 now sheltered in college dorms.

Tory has said that the cost of providing shelter and social supports to the refugee claimants will reach $64.5 million by the end of 2018 and has called on Ottawa to reimburse the city for that money. He said they pledged to help Toronto has it deals the flow of refugee claimants, with shelter spaces or help finding jobs. Trudeau is set to meet with the Toronto mayor later today.

The province has already committed $3 million to the Red Cross and offered up the 800 spaces that these people now occupy in college dorms, which students will need come next month.

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