Canadian Chambers of Commerce Vote For Rules on Federal Office Closures

The ‘Rural Canada Matters’ campaign that originated in Vegreville in the wake of the federal government’s decision to relocate the Case Processing Center to Edmonton continues to gather support around the country

A recent article in the Edmonton Journal regarding the federal government’s decision to delay the closure of 20 rural immigration offices across the country comes in the midst of a months-long ‘push-back crusade’ that originated here in Vegreville.

This past weekend the ‘Rural Canada Matters’ crusade continued in Fredericton, New Brunswick, at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s A.G.M., where a resolution, submitted by the Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce, was passed. 

Chamber President Kathy Dmytriw, along with Chamber Member and Vegreville Town Councilor Tim MacPhee were in Fredericton to ensure the resolution would be heard by the over 380 delegates in attendance.

Dmytriw explains why it was important to take the resolution to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

MacPhee says it appears that the federal government is starting to get the message.

The resolution, which included recommendations for the federal government to present a clear business case and consult impacted communities before closing or relocating federal facilities, passed on the floor with 89.7% support.

Meantime, while the Edmonton Journal article references Immigration Spokeswoman Julie Lafortune as noting any major moves were on hold, it would appear that does not include the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, which is scheduled to relocate to Edmonton by the end of 2018.

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