Ottawa to offset Ontario premier's legal aid cuts for refugees, immigrants - 2019-08-12
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to a one-time legal aid top-up of $26.8 million for refugee and immigration cases to compensate for cuts delivered by Ontario Premier Doug Ford in this year's budget.
Trudeau made the announcement Monday at the Parkdale Intercultural Association in Toronto, ratcheting up the rhetoric in a bitter dispute over the policies and costs around asylum seekers by saying the funding was necessary because the Ford government decided to "step away" from the province's long tradition of sharing responsibility for legal supports for newcomers.
"There's conservative politicians [who] keep trying to move us back and make the most vulnerable hurt for the decisions that they make. Conservative politicians like to say they're for the people but they end up cutting services for the most vulnerable. It's what they do," he said.