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Tell Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to reconsider the closure of the Vegreville Immigration Centre

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The Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Subject: Please reconsider the closure of the Vegreville Immigration Centre

Dear Minister Hussen,

I am writing to urge you to reconsider the closure of the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.

October 19, 2017 will be the second anniversary of your government’s election. In the campaign, Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada campaigned on a promise to listen to public service workers, and to ensure the vibrancy of all communities, urban and rural, throughout this great country.

Two years is too long to live up to this simple promise.

On the same day you and your caucus is celebrating your two-year anniversary, employees of the Immigration Processing Centre in Vegreville will have to choose to move to Edmonton, accept a three-hour commute, or leave the federal public service and the job they love.

That’s not right. It’s not respectful of public service workers or the rural communities they live in.

The Vegreville closure will have a devastating impact on workers, their families, the Vegreville community, and all other surrounding communities.

lt will kill jobs in the community, close businesses, devastate property values, and undermine the tax base—making it harder to operate hospitals, schools and other essential community services.

The case processing centre in Vegreville has been a cornerstone of the community for over 20 years. With 250 workers—about five percent of the town’s population—it is one of the town’s largest employers.

It is not realistic to expect workers to sell their homes (some at a loss because the Relocation Directive if not reflective of the reality in rural communities) and leave their communities, or commute over 100 kilometres away to Edmonton to be able to keep the jobs they have held for years.

And we now know that the cost of this unnecessary exercise will be far higher than initially anticipated and taxpayers are on the hook for this decision. Clearly, it is time to rethink this entire process.

I stand in solidarity with the affected workers in Vegreville and condemn this ill-advised decision.

I encourage you to work with Public Service Alliance of Canada, the employees at the CPC and the local community to come up with a solution that will meet the government's goals in a way that will also benefit the workers and the community.

Your message will be automatically copied to Prime Minister Trudeau and PSAC's National President, Robyn Benson

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