Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be making a New Year’s resolution to compensate Toronto properly for the costs of accommodating the flood of asylum seekers his decisions helped to create.
Whether they’re called “illegal” or “irregular” migrants — and the federal Liberals have used the terms interchangeably — isn’t the issue.
What’s relevant is now that they’re here, they have to be sheltered and accommodated.
Dumping the costs of federal immigration policies on Toronto property taxpayers is unfair.
It’s not the purpose for which municipal taxes are intended.
As Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy reported last week, 40% of the city’s emergency shelter system is now occupied by refugees or asylum seekers.
That up from 11% in 2016, 25% in 2017.
The city’s total cost of caring for them in 2017 and 2018 was over $64.5 million, with the city predicting it will need $43 million more in 2019.
While the Trudeau government says the number of illegal/irregular border crossers coming into Canada is dropping, the city says 18 to 20 new refugees claimants are still entering Toronto’s shelter system every day.