Goodale rejects former colleague’s claim of long waits by Manitoba asylum seekers – Manitoba

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Canada’s public safety minister has rejected a statement from a former cabinet colleague that asylum seekers coming to the Manitoba border have had to wait more than a day and a half to be processed.

MaryAnn Mihychuk, the rookie Liberal MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, who met with Canada Border Services agents in Emerson, Man., as part of an unofficial visit on Saturday, said border staff don’t have the resources needed to handle future refugee claimants who are taken to the port for processing.

She told CBC Radio Sunday she wants resources to be ramped up at the Manitoba border in light of a recent surge of asylum seekers, who’ve been trickling into the province.

“Sometimes they don’t have the capacity,” Mihychuk, who was Canada’s labour minister before being removed from cabinet in January, told CBC Manitoba’s Weekend Morning Show Sunday.

But a spokesperson for Public…

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