quebec work: 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, according to The Chronicle Herald. Blair's work will be supported by the departments of Public Safety, Immigration and Foreign Affairs, the letter says. 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. Blair will report to Public Safety. 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. Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel called Blair's appointment an exercise in public relations, not a plan of action. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.