On Saturday, February 25, I travelled to Emerson, Manitoba, to hear from people on the front lines who have been coping with asylum seekers crossing the border into Canada.
I travelled with my fellow MP Robert Ouellette and Rita Chahal of Welcome Place, which is part of the Manitoba Interfaith Council, the province’s largest organization in charge of refugee resettlement. Welcome Place has been sending a car daily to pick people up and bring them back to Winnipeg.
It was great to have unfiltered discussions with the people in Emerson. Of course there are concerns about safety – no one likes an unexpected knock on the door late at night – but people have also been happy to have people eating in local restaurants.