Trudeau is putting a large financial strain on big city municipalities by letting migrants to game our safe third party agreement with the USA.
By Brian Lilley of Sun News Media
Trudeau’s border mistakes to blame for shelter issues
If there is a crisis in housing the homeless in some of Canada’s biggest city shelters, then the problem lies squarely at the feet of one man, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
It is rare for me to blame a federal politician for failing to deal with an issue that is clearly within provincial or municipal jurisdiction. But in this case, the blame goes to the feds for one simple reason: Illegal border crossers.
As a cold snap grips Eastern Canada, shelter systems in some of Canada’s biggest cities are struggling to cope with the number of people seeking a place to stay and a large part of that is due to refugee/asylum seekers that have been pouring across the border illegally since early 2017.
On Monday night, a bitterly cold night in Toronto, there were 6,844 people in shelters, a number that Mayor John Tory says was about 40% refugee/asylum seekers.
That means roughly 2,738 people that were in the shelters were people seeking refuge in Canada, most of them having crossed illegally into Canada at Roxham Rd. on the Quebec-new York border.
That’s more than the total that the RCMP intercepted coming into Canada illegally in all of 2016.
That figure is important because since 2016, Toronto’s shelter system has seen a dramatic increase in people seeking assistance, driven in large part by people that Trudeau invited into this country with his infamous tweet.
In 2016 the Mounties apprehended just 2,464 entering the country illegally. By 2017, the number was 20,593 and in 2018, 19,419.
In that same time, the average number of people seeking assistance in Toronto’s shelters grew from 4,189 in December 2016 to 6,702 seeking assistance in December, 2018.
On Monday night, that number was 6,844.
Mayor John Tory says the federal government needs to do more. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson’s message is similar.
Watson penned a letter to federal Social Services Minister Jean-yves Duclos, asking for funding to compensate the city for the strain on its social services due to refugee claimants.
Watson noted that city shelters are at capacity and so far, the feds have not provided any additional funding to compensate for the increased costs brought about by the refugee surge.
“Last year, City of Ottawa taxpayers absorbed an estimated $5.7-million budget pressure, due to families crossing the border into Canada; this pressure is anticipated to rise to $6.2 million for 2018,” Watson wrote.
While the nearly $12 million in additional costs pales in comparison to the $75 million that Mayor Tory has said Toronto taxpayers have absorbed, it shows the problem is widespread.
Montreal, the city at the centre of much of the refugee crisis, is also experiencing shelters at capacity.
Homelessness advocates are trying to portray the current situation as a crisis, an epidemic, that requires a national response. While a national response may be necessary, it isn’t because there is a surge in homelessness but because the Trudeau government is letting a problem at the border fester.
The homelessness industry is simply using this to call for more funding for their cause.
But they were singing the same tune 10 years ago when numbers were lower, they were singing the same tune two years ago when the number of people seeking shelter on an average night in Toronto alone was 2,600 lower than it is now.
That increase, that pressure, and the costs that go with it are directly attributable to the border crisis that the Trudeau Liberals won’t deal with.
The same crisis that has seen 40,000 people cross into Canada from the United States, illegally, sucking up resources not only from the immigration and refugee system, but from social services, as well.
There is a crisis, but it isn’t the one that the homelessness advocates claim, it is one of Trudeau’s making and one that he, and he alone, can solve.
A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. Friedrich August von Hayek