Federal government to build more temporary housing at Quebec border
The federal government is planning to build temporary housing for up to 520 people at a Quebec border crossing that's seen an influx of asylum seekers.
The move comes amid concerns that some of the thousands of Hondurans who've lost temporary protected immigration status in the United may look to Canada for refuge.
The housing notice calls for heated, ventilated and illuminated canvas shelters.The government is also looking for other units to serve as quarantine space, toilets and showers as well as systems for drinking water and drainage.
Conservative Party of Canada immigration critic, Michelle Rempel, says the Liberal government is effectively setting up a refugee camp at the Canada-U-S border. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Rempel's comments are "misleading," noting most irregular border crossers don't spend long in custody before being released.
Meantime, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has time to respond to the end of the U-S program. Trudeau told a news conference in Cambridge, Ontario that his government will continue educating would-be asylum seekers in the U-S about Canada's immigration laws.