PQ leader blames Prime Minister's tweet for influx of asylum seekers

The leader of the Parti Quebecois is doubling down on his claim that Justin Trudeau's famous tweet welcoming the world's persecuted people into Canada is responsible for the influx of asylum seekers into Quebec.

And, Jean-Francois Lisee says the federal government should pay the bill to take care of thousands of would-be refugees he claimed were invited by Prime Minister Trudeau.

Francois Gendron, the dean of the P-Q caucus, says he didn't appreciate the remarks, but adds the issue of asylum seekers ``has been badly handled'' by all levels of government.

Lisee says thousands of mostly Haitian asylum seekers, mostly Haitians, who have arrived in Quebec from the U-S are ``victims'' of what he called the false hopes given to them by the federal government.

Trudeau pushed out his tweet in January after U-S President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States.

The tweet read, ``To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength'', with the hashtag ''WelcomeToCanada.``