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Liberals risk new-Canadian vote with border-crossing response, say pollsters

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Politicians and the media are to blame for using needlessly alarmist language on the rise of asylum seekers, when the system has the capacity to manage, says a former Immigration and Refugee Board chair.

Observers say Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is taking a more stern tone on asylum seekers, as the government is politically vulnerable with its response on the immigration file. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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The Liberals have switched to more hardline messaging around asylum seekers, say pollsters and observers, as the government’s response has left it open to attack in the face of increasing irregular border crossings and charges from the Conservatives that the Grits are soft on border security. Politically, the challenge and vulnerability for the Liberals is especially acute among first-generation and new-Canadian communities, said Jackie Choquette, vice-president at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, which both parties have been targeting and fighting over

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