Mrs. Coline Campbell (South West Nova):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on behalf of the people in the Digby, Annapolis area who have seen the economic spin-offs from CFB Cornwallis slowly eroding.
Over the past year we have seen the continuous reduction of jobs, resulting in the closing of businesses, the threat of school closures, and the downsizing of a base to a station. All this activity is taking place without the government being honest in stating that the base is gradually closing.
Today we have a group of non-partisan politicians from Nova Scotia presenting to the government, parliamentarians of all stripes both in the Senate and the House of Commons, the need to find some activity for Cornwallis until the Department of National Defence starts recruiting English speaking new recruits again.
This is a cruel process to impose on the people of South West Nova. People already have been adversely affected by the bad economic policies of this government in this area.
I call on the government to stop this downsizing and to act on the proposals put forth in the past and today by this group of non-partisan politicians from Nova Scotia to keep Cornwallis working both for National Defence and the people of South West Nova.
Subtopic: CANADIAN FORCES BASE CORNWALLIS