Liberals’ Visit To North Slammed By Area MP

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 14:31



The Conservative Member of Parliament for northern Saskatchewan is not impressed with the visits made by Liberal cabinet ministers to his constituency this week.


Indian Affairs Minister Andy Scott witnessed a land exchange ceremony in Sucker River yesterday, while Justice Minister Irwin Cotler stopped by Pelican Narrows to get a good look at the Cree court process.


Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Jeremy Harrison says he can’t remember the last time a Liberal minister visited the North, adding there must be an election around the corner.


Harrison maintains that the Liberals have repeatedly proven themselves to be completely out of touch with northern citizens.


He says the Liberals’ decision to vote against a private member’s motion that called on the government to recognize the contributions of Aboriginal war veterans is an example of how his constituents’ concerns are always pushed to the bottom of the government’s priority list.


Harrison says if the Liberals started listening to the people in northern communities, the government wouldn’t introduce measures like the proposed new regulations concerning water vessels.