Asylum-seekers Crossing Over the Canadian Border:
Most Canadians (70%) Don’t Believe the Federal Government Has a Clear Plan on How to Deal with the Situation
Majority (58%) Don’t Believe the Federal Government has Handled the Situation Well

July 9, 2018 — Most (70%) Canadians don’t believe the Federal government has a clear plan involving thousands of individuals who make an asylum claim following an irregular entry through unofficial entry points—such as simply walking over the border into Canada from the United States at a non-official crossing point—and a majority (58%) don’t believe the Federal government has handled the situation well—according to a new national public opinion survey undertaken by DART Insight.

A majority (57%) also don’t believe the Federal government is providing the right amount of resources for communities to deal with these border crossings. This has become highlighted in the past week as new Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory have called on the Trudeau government to up the amount of money paid to look after Federally approved asylum seekers (and refugees) who have been allowed to enter the country and/or are awaiting more months of official processing. And on this point, a further majority (58%) don’t believe the Federal government is sending a signal that there are no guarantees asylum-seekers will be able to stay.

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