Stanstead Hockey camp waits for Russians
Compton- Stanstead MP Jean Rousseau was in Stanstead, on Tuesday, to bring attention to an issue with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. About thirty Russian hockey players who would like to come to Stanstead to take part in an elite hockey camp have still not received their visas from the Canadian authorities – and they were supposed to board a plane at the end of the week, arriving in Canada on the 5th. The hold-up of the visas is reportedly due to a strike by Canadain Embassy workers, however, according to Mr. Rousseau, it is a rotative strike and crucial work should still get accomplished.
“Usually I send a letter in April to the Minister about how important the visas are. This year, I didn’t get an answer, not even a response that they received my letter. I’ve just kept knocking on doors,” said Mr. Rousseau in an interview with the Stanstead Journal that took place at the Pat Burns Arena. “It makes things slower with the strike but there are still personnel there for extremely important cases. This case is important because it will have economic effects on the local museums, restaurants. The sad part is that we have yet to hear from Minister Kenney. He was here just last fall saying he was listening to the regions and supporting the local economy, but they abandon their regions. Stanstead is starting to show some vitality, but we also need action from the government,” said Mr. Rousseau.
Attempts to get a comment from Citizenship and Immigration Canada result- ed in this comment from Press Secretary Alexis Pavlich: “Due to privacy laws, we are unable to provide you with details of individual cases without a signed consent form. Ms. Pavlich’s email also contained general information about applying for a Canadian visa.
NDP Compton-Stanstead MP Jean Rousseau, seen here at the Pat Burns Arena, has been trying to get a response from the Harper government about why visas have not yet been issued to young Russian hockey players who had planned to come to Stanstead on July 5th.