The Global Compact for Migration is not going to violate the sovereignty of Canada as claimed by critics of the agreement, says Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Rather, it is an agreement that will harness the positive impact, and in addition deal with the challenges the world is facing regarding migration.
Ahmed Hussen said today in Toronto that the agreement “is a framework.”
“A lot of the pieces in the Global Compact for Migration are based on the Canadian immigration experience.
“It is designed to make sure that countries work together for safe, orderly and regular migration.”
The minister said nothing could be further from the truth when critics say the agreement will infringe on Canada’s sovereignty.
Andrew Scheer, The Leader of Opposition has promised to withdraw Canada from the Global Compact for Immigration if the Conservatives win the federal elections in 2019.
Andrew Scheer said in a statement; “Instead of committing Canada to multinational migration agreements which infringe on our interests, the Prime Minister should instead focus on fixing the mess he created at the Canada-US border.
“Last week, the Parliamentary Budget Officer confirmed that, if left unaddressed, this crisis will cost taxpayers $1.1 billion by 2020, not including the hundreds of millions of dollars incurred by the provinces. It has already caused lengthy delays in the immigration system and uncertainty for those who choose to enter Canada legally.”
“If Justin Trudeau proceeds with his plan, a Conservative government will withdraw Canada from the UN Global Compact for Migration,” said Andrew Scheer.
The agreement would be signed next week in Morocco.