The federal government is closing the Immigration and Refugee Processing Centre in Vegreville Alberta, killing 280 jobs in a community of less than 6,000 people.
A spokesperson for Immigration said moving the office to Edmonton will “offer proximity to universities, public transit, housing and career growth options that will make it easier to recruit qualified, bilingual workers.”
But Vegreville Mayor Myron Hayduk has it all figured out, telling the Edmonton Journal,
“If our prime minister is so concerned about the well-being of people around the world, maybe he should look at his own country … I feel it’s very political.”
Vegreville hasn’t voted Liberal since 1953. It’s a blue tory riding, voting PC, then Reform and now Conservative. Vegreville doesn't have a sycophantic Liberal MP that will shut up and support the Liberals even if it means harming Albertans, but Edmonton has two of those.
Vegreville has a Conservative MP named Shannon Stubbs. She started a House of Commons E-petition against the Liberals redistributionist carbon tax. She advocates daily for Alberta and so this malicious and spiteful federal government has decided to redistribute jobs from Vegreville.
Albertans embarrassed Trudeau with a devastating rejection in the Medicine Hat byelection. His feelings are hurt. And now Vegreville has to pay for it.