As Canada's pre-election budget is to be presented tomorrow, Tuesday 19 March, Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Attorney-General, is urging the federal government to be wholly responsible for the province's legal-aid program for immigrants and refugees which is expected to cost $45-million. The costs attached to the provision of immigration and refugee services have taken a giant leap in Ontario following some policies by the federal government, according to the letter addressed to federal ministers of justice, immigration, and finance by Ms. Mulroney. She noted that it is imperative for the province to maintain a system that is stable and sustainable. In the letter, she forwarded to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Ahmed Hussen - Immigration Minister and Justice Minister David Lametti, said the challenges Ontario is facing are federally created and the government of the province had earlier reached out to Ottawa to fix the problem. She said she is sure that the need to fund the legal-aid program will be evident to Ottawa as the budget is being tabled because failure to do so will make things difficult for people who depend on the system.
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