MASSE CALLS FOR NATIONAL TOURISM STRATEGY

OTTAWA, ON– Brian Masse, MP, NDP Critic for Industry and Canada-U.S. Border Relations (Windsor West NDP) will be holding a press conference calling for a National Tourism Strategy to deal the proposed Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). The WHTI will have significant economic and social impacts on Canadian tourism, and Mr. Masse will be outlining why such measures are necessary.

Following last weeks “U.S. – Canada Mayors’ Summit” in Windsor, Ontario, where Canadian and American mayors agreed on resolutions adopted by both the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors raising concerns about the proposed Initiative, Mr. Masse agrees that the Canadian government needs to work on this file now in order to ensure that Canadians are sufficiently prepared and educated for the 2007 implementation deadline. As of right now, there is no plan for the WHTI.

Simultaneously, Mr. Masse is calling on the Minister of Industry, as the Minister responsible for Canadian tourism, to restore funding to Canadian tourism marketing and to work with them to promote Canada as a viable and welcoming tourist destination.

Mr. Masse’s press conference will be today in the Charles Lynch Room at 130-S, Centre Block at 1:30 p.m.

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For more information: Melanie Namespetra (613) 996-1541