Liberal Candidate in Stanstead, Talks of Borders
TheLiberal Party’s candidate for ComptonStanstead, William Hogg, made an appearance at the Stanstead Granite Museum at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 5th. Whether an indication of the Liberal’s PR machine operating at less than optimal capacity, or a gross disinterest on the part of Stanstead citizens, is not clear, but only two citizens attended. Also in attendance were Stanstead Mayor, Philip Dutil, and representatives of the local press.
This is in gross contrast to the Liberal Party leader’s announcement of his appearances. Michael Ignatieff implemented a campaign of pre-recorded, French-only, voice mail announcements to all Sherbrooke area numbers announcing his arrival the following day in their city. The jokes on facebook regarding these messages were prolific and immediate. But I digress…
Mr. Hogg’s issue of the day was the Canada – U.S. border. The press release we received spoke of recent border closings and the Bloc’s inability, or unwillingness, to prevent the closings. Mr. Hogg explained his position on the representation of border issues in the federal government, advocating a Parliamentary Committee in the House of Commons that would deal solely with investigating and resolving issues associated with the border. He explained that four ministries are presently involved in border decision making and policy development, adding that this creates conflict and confusion. He also stressed a desire to work to improve communication between Canada and the U.S. on the subject of borders and customs.
Mr. Hogg attempted to demonstrate his understanding of the importance of open and cooperative customs for towns flanking the border. To some degree he did demonstrate knowledge of the publicized issues, but he failed to impress me that he really understood the depth of the issue for towns such as Stanstead. Despite today’s purpose being Mr. Hogg’s presentation of his ‘Border Platform’, his knowledge seemed to be superficial, not having identified many salient points that represent the reality of life on a border. For example, he failed to state the obvious; that border towns are situated where they are because
Liberal candidate William Hogg was in Stanstead, yesterday, talking about border issues.