Goodale greets Kelly on Parliament Hill, March 10.
The Council of Canadians has been calling on the Trudeau government to rescind the Canada-US Safe Third Country agreement.
In short, the agreement, which came into effect in 2004 under George W. Bush and Paul Martin, says that individuals seeking asylum must make a claim in the first country they arrive in - either Canada or the United States. That means that Canada must send claimants entering from the US back to that country on the premise that the US is a safe country. But migrants who cross an open field rather than at an official border post are not covered by the agreement and therefore have the right to make a refugee claim in Canada and not be sent back to the United States.