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Mandate Letter: Minister and Country Agreement

mandate letter: Blair's work will be supported by the departments of Public Safety, Immigration and Foreign Affairs, the letter says, according to Vancouver Courier. Blair will report to Public Safety. In a freshly minted mandate letter made public Tuesday, the prime minister asks Blair to lead conversations with the United States on the Safe Third Country Agreement, working closely with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.article continues below Trending StoriesB.C. wineries need us to drink their wines to offset losses of wildfire season Gangs of VancouverUBC has the perfect study for unhappy perfectionists Help desperately wanted Squamish businesses held back by lack of staff The agreement stipulates that asylum seekers are required to make their refugee claims in the first safe country in which they arrive meaning those who come into Canada at an official land border crossing are sent back to make their claim in the U.S. The agreement does not cover irregular asylum seekers those entering Canada at unofficial points, most notably in Quebec. Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel called Blair's appointment an exercise in public relations, not a plan of action. This is because Justin Trudeau has no intention of doing so. The letter contains no formal commitment to renegotiate the Safe Third Country Agreement in such a way that would close the loophole that facilitates the Roxham Road crossing in Quebec. ( As reported in the news.