Canada's citizenship and immigration minister got a roasting on live television Wednesday over the Conservative government's response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
The issue of Syrian refugees became a hot topic on the campaign trail Wednesday after a photo of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach made global headlines.
Barton demanded Alexander clarify why the government is relying more on the private sector to take in refugees from war-torn Syria rather than leading the effort.
Alexander, exasperated, asked her why she was persisting in that line of questioning.
Things got even feistier when Alexander tried to turn things around on Barton.
Yeah, she wasn't having that.
Alexander also claimed it was the first time he had been on the show to talk about the subject. Again, Barton was not having it.
Later in the program, Barton and her team totally debunked Alexander's accusations.
Even Stephen Harper's former chief spokesperson said the #BartonBeating was "earned," all while providing the Tories' approach to news shows.
NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar and Liberal MP John McCallum both went after Alexander multiple times as well.
According to Alexander, who's running for re-election in the Toronto area, Canada has accepted about 2,500 refugees from Syria, and about 20,000 from Iraq.
McCallum and Alexander ended the segment by sending best wishes to their respective rivals in their ridings...but Alexander didn't end things there.
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