From Fort McMurray Today:
Comments made by Fort McMurray-Athabasca MP Brian Jean at a committee meeting in Ottawa on Thursday have sparked outrage among members of the Atlantic Liberal caucus.“What are we doing to send (unemployed Atlantic Canadians), either temporarily or permanently across the country ... to get them into northern Alberta to keep the economy going?” Jean asked at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development.“I think some sort of transportation strategy to make it available for the people that are unemployed in the rest of Canada should be looked at.”
The Libs did have a relocation program at one time, and I remember it kicked up some real local bigotry when the Feds planned to settle a bunch of Maritimers in the wrong part of Ontario (maybe around Hamilton?). You'd have thought the poor guys were cannibals or something.
Apparently, the program was cancelled. Anyone know why?