CBC News, “Tony Clement hangs up on CBC Daybreak after exchange over asylum seekers – Public safety critic takes issue with questions about RCMP posed by morning host”
(MF: CBC Montreal Daybreak host Mike Finnerty
TC: Tony Clement, the Conservative Party’s public safety critic)
“MF: So you think you should keep that rule in place, meaning that people still will try their luck and cross on foot.
TC: I’m saying that the RCMP need more resources to prevent that kind of activity and that we should be applying the law as it exists right now.
MF: So what should they do?
TC: As a first stop, sir, we should apply the law. How about that for a reason?
MF: Because we have photographs, for instance, on the front page of the newspapers this morning here in Quebec of RCMP officers welcoming refugees on foot. In fact, there’s a picture on two of the papers of a baby being handed over into the arms of –
TC: Yeah, we’re a welcoming society. I get that. But –
MF: But are you saying they should act differently?
TC: No, now you’re putting words in my mouth.
MF: I’m just asking you, actually. What do you think the RCMP’s role should be on the border?
TC: I’ve already told you. I’ve already told you, sir. We should apply the law. We should make sure the RCMP have the resources to apply the law.
MF: Right, so what would that look like?
TC: – and we are a law-based society and any claimants who want to make a claim to Canada should do so through legal means. And I believe that your listeners believe that and I believe that Canadians believe that. And we’re calling on the government –
MF: Fine. But, so what would that look like?“
(note: “Brief history of Canada’s responses to refugees“)
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