Around 200 people packed into the Riverview Community Club Wednesday night for Winnipeg South Centre MP Jim Carr’s first town hall meeting.
With coffee and cookies laid out, Carr kicked things off by pointing the election promises his Liberal Party has already fulfilled since forming a government in November.
- Inquiry into Missing and Murder Indigenous Women and Girls
- Building Freedom Road for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
- Long Form Census reinstated
- Welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada
Next it was the audience’s turn to pose questions which covered his Natural Resources portfolio and other issues making their way through Parliament Hill.
“I was glad to hear what they had to say,” Carr told 680 CJOB afterwards. “It’s so valuable being in touch with the people who elected you, I will be accountable to them.”
Liberal supporters made up most of the 200 for the standing room only event. However, Carr did face scrutiny on some issues, including his decision to hire a former oil lobbyist as his Chief of Staff, something critics considering Prime Minister Trudeau’s goals surrounding green energy development.
“My Chief of Staff happens to have a terrific set of experience in an industry that’s very important,” Carr said. “She understands the regulatory process, she has had responsible jobs in and out of that sector and she’s a valuable member of the team.”
Despite Justin Trudeau promising reforms to the National Energy Board during the election campaign, reviews still continue for pipeline proposals. Questions were raised regarding the status of the issue.
“The Government will announce soon a transition phase of reviewing these projects that are currently under review.” Carr said.
He did not elaborate on when such an announcement would take place or what impact it would have on these pipeline projects.
Carr didn’t have any updates for an issue affecting his own constituency – the status of Kapyong Barracks. He told the audience that he will not intervene in the ongoing settlement negotiations.
As promised during the election campaign, Carr plans on doing these town hall meetings at least four times a year.
“People’s opinions will change as the issues change,” Carr said. “I want them to always believe that they have access to their Member of Parliament and we care what they think.”