It appears the Trudeau government just created an empty position to make it look like they were doing something.
With the Trudeau government facing growing pressure on the illegal border crossing crisis (even though they refuse to use those factual terms to describe the situation), the recent cabinet shuffle featured the creation of a “Border Security Minister.”
Former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair was put into the role.
Details about what the minister would do were scarce from the outset, and a recent hearing with Parliamentarians was seen as a good opportunity for the government to give Canadians more details.
That’s not how it turned out.
One exchange noted by iPolitics between Blair and Conservative Immigration Critic Michelle Rempel encapsulates the Trudeau government’s total confusion:
“Will minister Goodale be reporting to you?” she asked.
“No,” Blair replied.
“Will the CBSA be reporting to you?”
“No. I have not received my mandate letters from the prime minister just yet so I cannot speculate on what my role will be.”
Liberal Committee chair MP Rob Oliphant then jumped in, he said, to help Blair get a word in “for the sake of our interpreters,” as Rempel peppered the new minister.
So what’s going on here?
It seems the Trudeau government – which has shown no intention of solving the border crisis – just created a role called “Border Security Minister,” put a former Police Chief in it to make it look legit, and left it at that.
The role appears to have no real power, doesn’t change the responsibilities of Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, doesn’t change the responsibilities of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, and appears to be solely about photo-ops.
It’s about as close to a fake ministry as a government can get, and it shows the Trudeau government’s only concern with the border crisis is how it could impact their chances of being reelected, not the escalating burden it’s putting on the Canadian people.
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