After months of attempting to arrange a meeting, the Union representing the Vegreville Case Processing Center Employees was finally given an opportunity to sit down with the Immigration Minister’s office earlier this week.
P.S.A.C. Prairies Regional Executive Vice President Marianne Hladun says she along with the #RespectVegreville campaign lead and local union representative Michelle Henderson met with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen on Monday afternoon in Ottawa to discuss the planned closure of the C.P.C. in Vegreville.
Hladun says the newly found open line of communication is a cause for cautious optimism.
Hladun says finally having a meeting allowed for the Union to express their concerns regarding the C-P-C’s pending closure and the Liberal Government’s reasoning behind it but adds Hussen’s office offered no commitment on decision either way.
She says Hussen did however seem receptive to the Union’s message.
Hladun says she also encouraged Hussen to visit Vegreville in the hopes of further enlightenment regarding the decision to close the C-P-C and the negative effect it would have adding she hopes its offer she’ll be taken up on.
While in Ottawa, Hladun and Henderson also met with Conservative MP for Lakeland Shannon Stubbs and NDP MP for Vancouver East and Vice-Chair on the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Jenny Kwan who both expressed support for CPC to stay in Vegreville.