Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he spent some time explaining the nuances of Canada’s refugee system to Ontario Premier Doug Ford during their first meeting.
Trudeau met with Ford at Queen’s Park in Toronto for the first time since the Ontario election. Shortly before the meeting, the Ontario government blamed Ottawa for creating a “mess” of a housing crisis due to the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada.
“It didn’t seem to me that the premier was quite as aware of our international obligations to the UN convention on refugees as he might have been,” Trudeau told reporters in a frank moment. “So I spent a little time explaining how the asylum seeking system works and how our system is supposed to operate.”
The Prime Minister said he “attempted” to reassure Ford that the immigration and refugee systems are separate, and that any migrants coming to Canada for purely economic reasons are sent home.
Premier Ford seemed uninformed regarding Canada’s refugee system so the Prime Minister took it upon himself as a teacher to school him.
The first lesson was not to call refugees coming from US “illegals”. If you invite people kind home, can’t charge them for breaking and entering. It’s nonsense.
The second lesson is that refugees coming in Canada from US, that are most likely to have and/or had a case in US, and most likely have lost the asylum claim, are coming to Canada to appeal it. That makes sense since the Prime Minister as taken upon himself to be the Court of Appeal for cases in USA.
Canada will continue to ensure its immigration and refugee system is applied responsibly, Trudeau said, adding it’s “important” for leaders to protect how Canadians generally view immigration “very positively.”
‘This is not a choice, this is the law’
It is unsure how or where, the Prime Minister finds these laws, but one thing is for sure; The Prime Minister decides which obligations to UN, Canada will be enforcing.
“Parliament has now passed Bill C-45, which will legalize and regulate access to cannabis. We will soon have a new system in place, one that keeps cannabis out of the hands of our kids and keeps profits out of the hands of organized crime,” Trudeau said.
But Russia was not happy with that decision from Ottawa. Moscow issued a stern warning to Ottawa over the impending cannabis legalization on Oct. 17, saying Canada “deliberately decided to breach” international law.
“It is important that the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Problem of Drugs, which took place on April 21, 2016, made it clear in its final document, for which the Canadian delegation also voted, that the three anti-drug Conventions are ‘the cornerstone of the international drug control system,’” Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. “Russia strictly abides by these principles and intends to consistently introduce them in practice within the boundaries of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and other relevant international venues.”
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also condemned Canada’s pot legalization.
“UNODC regrets the Canadian legislature’s decision to legalize cannabis for non-medical use,” the agency said in a statement. “As noted by the International Narcotics Control Board in its statement of 21 June, this decision contravenes the provisions of the drug control conventions, and undermines the international legal drug control framework and respect for the rules-based international order.”
Canada is the second nation to legalize recreational marijuana after Uruguay.
It seems that it is a choice people kind Prime Minister.