[Applause] with a backdrop of conservative candidates Andrew Shearer speech was a frontal assault on Justin Trudeau's immigration policy Canadians have lost faith in the fairness of our system they now question the integrity of our borders the border has been a central political issue ever since migrant crossings surged nearly two years ago he made immigration a problem for the Liberals but also for the Conservatives cheers been criticized for speaking at a pro pipeline rally that was heavily attended by yellow vest protesters many expressing anti-immigrant sentiments and for opposing a United Nations plan to help refugees it gives influence over Canada's immigration system to foreign entities repeating far-right criticisms that the non-binding agreement was a threat to Canadian sovereignty it could open the door to foreign bureaucrats telling Canada how to manage our borders moments the Liberals have used to paint the Conservatives as reckless and I would caution anyone from from using fear and and resentment and because it's a dangerous we should be able to have an immigration debate in this country without the government calling the people who criticize their failures racists and bigots there was no mention of un interference in this speech instead Scheer got personal referencing his late mother's work with Syrian refugees linking it to the current problems there is absolutely nothing fair about forcing the oppressed and the persecuted like the Syrians my mother helped to wait longer for Canada's help while others cross the border illegally from places like upstate New York she repeated past commitments to close the border to irregular crossings and to allow more privately sponsored refugees but mostly this was a critique of Trudeau punctuated by nonspecific promises to make the system faster fairer more secure merci beaucoup it's been a pleasure talking jealousy the precise details we'll have to wait until the election David Cochran CBC News Ottawa [Applause]