Ahmed Hussen had another tough week last week.
Hussen’s department admitted late on a Friday that there is a problem in Toronto’s shelters, and that they are overcrowded due to refugee claimants. Hussen had said–falsely–that “the status of people seeking access to the shelter system in Toronto is unknown”. He had also said (incorrectly) that the number of asylum seekers has declined 75% year-on-year.
Still, the department of he leads gave the city $15 million on Friday to cope with the crowding. Hussen, perhaps meaningfully, was not quoted on the press release.
Hussen has had an ongoing argument with Lisa MacLeod, his Ontario counterpart, that started last year when he said her tactics were “not Canadian”. He says she is “fear mongering”, and stoking “fear and division”. She took offense to that.
MacLeod has asked the feds to reimburse the province for the full cost of attending to refugee claimants, laying the blame at their feet. She said she’d like the rest of the $200 million that she says the feds owe:
Unacceptable to bypass Ontario, forget the City of Ottawa and all in still owe Ontarians $185 M remaining from the $200 M bill. I will continue to press for the @JustinTrudeau Liberals to make Ontario whole for their failed border policies. https://t.co/0qeEXR5E6O
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) January 26, 2019
The $15 million in new funding follows $11 million given early last summer.