As the numbers of migrants illegally entering Canada through Roxham Road in Quebec continue to rise, one provincial party in Quebec wants Justin Trudeau to set the record straight.
“The Parti Québécois (PQ) is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to correct the tweet in which he invited migrants from around the world to take refuge in Canada, where they would be welcomed with open arms.”
On January 28, 2017, Justin Trudeau tweeted, in French and English, "To those fleeing persecution, terror, & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada," a day after U.S. President Donald Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from seven terror-prone countries. It has since been revealed through released emails that this tweet caused an influx of inquiries from would-be refugees to Canadian embassies abroad and resulted in confusion within the federal government.
TVA News cites a government source who reveals, “The people coming to Canada are educated, financially comfortable, and have spent a lot of money to travel to the United States and then to Canada.”
The PQ would like the Prime Minister to correct his older tweet with a new one based on comments made yesterday by his ministers: "The asylum seekers at our border do not receive a free ticket to Canada … A bit more than 90 per cent of irregular migrants do not meet our criteria and must leave.”
In the months following Trudeau’s now-infamous tweet, thousands of asylum seekers streamed into Canada. All in all, over 50,000 people claimed asylum in Canada last year, more than any other year in modern Canadian history. The plurality of asylum seekers illegally walked across the Canadian border at Roxham Road in rural Quebec.