NDP CONDEMNS CLOSURE OF CANADIAN CONSULATE IN DETROIT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 29, 2013

 

NDP CONDEMNS CLOSURE OF CANADIAN CONSULATE IN DETROIT

Short-sighted Decision Will Mean Service Reductions

 

[WINDSOR, ON] Brian Masse MP (Windsor West) and NDP Critic for the Canada/US border is condemning a Citizenship and Immigration decision to close the Canadian Consulates in Detroit and Seattle.  Both consulates provide critical services in the communities where they are located. 

 

Masse commented: “Again the Harper Government is continuing to cut front line services in communities where they are needed most.  The Windsor-Detroit region is a settlement destination for people coming from all parts of the globe and one of the busiest international border crossings in the world.  Removing the services offered out of the consulate in this region particularly is short-sighted and ignores the incredible diversity in this region on both sides of the border.  Residents and businesses will be negatively impacted.”

 

The Harper government abruptly closed a similar office in Buffalo over nine months ago with disastrous effects. Over 10,000 of potential new Canadians were left stranded after their files were sent to Ottawa – and essentially forgotten.

 

“Conservatives like to tell us that their cuts aren’t affecting front-line services that our communities rely on – but the fiasco in Buffalo proves this simply isn’t true,” said Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta) NDP Critic for Immigration. “Now the same mistake is being repeated with this short-sighted decision.”

 

It is critical that this region have access to full Canadian Consular services as the Detroit Consulate’s own website states: “...it is people-to-people ties that most closely bind our countries. Canada has a long history of welcoming the oppressed and disenfranchised, as well as economic migrants and folks seeking to reunite with their families. A memorial stands today in Windsor, Ontario, to the Underground Railroad (the Windsor/Essex region being a terminus in the 1800s). Today, the Consulate General’s highly professional immigration section processes applications for visitor visas and other documents.”

 

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