Brant New Democrat candidate Marc Laferriere was in Ottawa for a two-day round of meetings with MPs who were bucking Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s proroguing of Parliament.
Laferriere was to meet Thursday and Friday with several MPs about issues of concern to Brant. One meeting was to be with New Democrat MP Paul Dewar who represents Ottawa-Centre, regarding the recognition of foreign credentials and strategies to support military families in Brant.
"These are important issues locally that are related to Mr. Dewar’s role as the NDP foreign affairs critic," said Laferriere.
"We have highly trained, highly skilled immigrants who are unable to work in this community in fields like medicine, engineering and many others. At the same time, we have military families that are woefully under supported financially and socially in this riding. We must support both our troops fighting valiantly and their families here at home. We want to see that happen locally and federally."
Laferriere criticized Brant Conservative MP Phil McColeman for supporting prorogation, which opposition parties charge Harper did to suppress a Parliamentary inquiry into the Canadian role in the handling of Afghan detainees.
The Laferriere campaign has developed an anti-prorogation blog called, “The Week That Could Have Been.” He writes about issues that he would raise in the House of Commons.
Last week, the topic centred on the 14 crime bills inspired by the Tories and supported by most opposition parties, which were halted by prorogation.
This week the topic is the environment.
"The prime minister and his MPs have tried to pull a fast one here," said Laferriere.
"Instead of suppressing interest in the poor decisions they have been making, the opposite has been happening. In this riding, people are becoming more engaged in the issues of the day be it the HST, employment, Afghan detainees, the environment, holes in our stimulus spending, crime and even the nature of Canadian democracy. It’s inspiring."