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Ontario Minister: Offer and Task Force

ontario minister: I don't believe a federal briefing on the work of the task force will be necessary, but thank you for the offer, wrote an official representing Ontario Minister Lisa Mac Leod, declining an offer from a high-ranking federal public servant, according to National Observer. The briefing, offered at least twice in emails sent by a high-ranking federal public servant at the Privy Council Office PCO would have covered the work to date of a key government task force that looks at the influx of people crossing the Canada-U.S. border between ports of entry and claiming asylum. The rejection of the offer was delivered in an email that came from an official speaking on behalf of Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa Mac Leod, an Ottawa-area MPP. It occurred the first week after Premier Doug Ford's cabinet was sworn into office, and raises fresh questions about whether his government was informed about all the facts before it criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's policies. The Privy Council Office is the central department in Canada's public service that supports the prime minister. MacLeod says services are overwhelmed and the province is owed 200 million. The emails were released to National Observer in response to a request under access to information legislation. ; The Ford government insists Ottawa is not doing enough to ease the burden of these asylum seekers that have crossed the border between checkpoints, where they would have been turned away under the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country agreement. ( As reported in the news.