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WINNIPEG - Political candidates will debate issues relevant to immigrants and refugees in Canada at a Town Hall Meeting. Candidates representing the three main political parties will participate.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St.
In the main sanctuary

Candidates participating in the events will be:

  • Reg Alcock, MP and Liberal candidate in Winnipeg South
  • Pat Martin, MP and NDP candidate for Winnipeg Centre
  • Garreth McDonald, Conservative candidate for Winnipeg North

We haven’t heard much on issues that are critically affecting all Canadians but particularly immigrants and refugees,” said Hani Al-Ubeady, CUPE Local 2348, Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Unit Co-Steward.

Thousands of Canadians are waiting to be reunited with relatives overseas, many of whom face danger, yet, due to a lack of political will, funding and staffing, they wait for years before a decision is made to allow family members to immigrate. Sometimes they are never reunited with their loved ones. We need to know what will be done to help these people.”

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union representing more than a half-million women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members working in health care facilities, school divisions, municipal services, social services, child care centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.

For information, contact:

Sheree Capar
CUPE national representative
(204) 942-0343, ext. 288

Dennis Lewycky
CUPE communications
(204) 223-6805