Roland Butler, Opposition Critic for Human Resources, Labour and Employment
and MHA for the District of Port De Grave, is asking the provincial
government to give an update on the development of the Province’s
"The provincial government released a discussion paper
in June 2005 and held a number of closed door consultation meetings around
the province in September and October," said Mr. Butler. "Government
indicated in the discussion paper that implementation of the "What We Heard"
consultation document would commence in early 2006.In light of the ongoing
immigration issues being discussed in the province, I am asking the minister
to provide an update on the status of this process.
"This government does not have a very good record of listening to people,
fostering good public debate or implementing recommendations. In many cases
they try to give the impression that they are consulting, but do not follow
through on the process. Rather than hide away and avoid making decisions on
a politically sensitive issue, government should be promoting public
discussion. Now is the time to become active on this file while several
claimants are currently in sanctuary in churches around the province.
"It is important that we have a full and open public policy discussion on
the direction our provincial immigration policy should take. Government
should release their draft strategy and seek further input. With the recent
change in government at the federal level, now is the time for our
provincial position be clear on this issue."