Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservative MP Says Ottawa Needs to Provide More Info on Asylum Seekers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservative MP Says Ottawa Needs to Provide More Info on Asylum Seekers

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Tory MP wants more info from Ottawa

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WINNIPEG - A Tory member of Parliament from Manitoba is calling on Ottawa to be more transparent about asylum seekers.

Ted Falk told radio station CJOB the federal government's website has no information on how many people tried to get to Canada from the United States in March.

"January and February, we were getting updates from the RCMP and (Canada Border Services Agency)," Falk said Monday. "We've been making the same inquiries from the same individuals, and they tell us that Ottawa has gagged them and that they are unable to provide us that information."

Falk said he believes the number of illegal border crossers is rising, and said he's seen it first-hand.

"I came through the border two weeks ago on a Saturday night, and there were more than a dozen individuals at the Emerson port of entry, just waiting to be processed. …

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