Bill Blair has been the cabinet minister in charge of border security for three weeks now — but it’s still not clear what he’s being asked to do.
Questions about the extent of his powers, and who ultimately will be responsible for directing Canada’s response to a wave of asylum-seekers coming from the United States, remain unanswered.
The former Toronto police chief has no department, no staff. A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Blair is “being supported out of our office in the meantime.”
Blair still doesn’t have a mandate letter from the prime minister. Such letters are sent to all new members of cabinet, setting out exactly what the prime minister expects of them and which policy priorities he’s earmarked as their own. In other words, the new minister is still waiting for his marching orders.