Why are Lib­er­als against com­ing here?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The House of Com­mons Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Ci­ti­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion is cur­rently do­ing a study on im­mi­gra­tion to At­lantic Canada. As part of our on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions re­gard­ing com­mit­tee busi­ness, I pro­posed that the com­mit­tee travel to At­lantic Canada this sum­mer to hear di­rectly from peo­ple in the re­gion.

It is im­por­tant that we un­der­stand the dif­fi­cul­ties be­ing faced by em­ploy­ers and busi­ness own­ers in At­lantic Canada and do­ing this work on the ground would give com­mit­tee mem­bers from all par­ties the best feed­back pos­si­ble.

Imag­ine our sur­prise then as the Lib­eral MPs on the com­mit­tee voted down the no­tion of travel. What are they afraid of? They hold ev­ery seat in At­lantic Canada so one would think this would rep­re­sent an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for them to show­case their govern­ment’s work on this im­por­tant is­sue.

It re­ally is a head-scratcher as to why the Lib­er­als would not want the com­mit­tee to visit them on their home turf. Ques­tions should be put to the Lib­er­als by vot­ers in At­lantic Canada on this im­por­tant mat­ter.

David Til­son, MP Duf­ferin-Cale­don , Vice-Chair, Stand­ing Com­mit­tee Ci­ti­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion

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