Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings speaks in favour of a motion supporting the regional custom of Atlantic Canada having a seat on the Supreme Court of Canada.
"What an Atlantic Canadian judge does do is help Atlantic Canadians feel confident in the system and in the rulings that are handed down by the highest court.What it does is it shows all Atlantic Canadians that they are an equal member of Confederation in this country."Gudie HutchingsMember / Députée, Long Range Mountains
While speaking in support of the motion, M.P. Hutchings highlighted her belief that the new selection process would ensure an open, transparent and fair selection.
She also made it clear that judges from Newfoundland and Labrador and all of Atlantic Canada can hold their own against their colleagues from across the country saying, “Mr. Speaker, as someone from Atlantic Canada, I am confident in the caliber of our judges and I am confident that in any national search, Atlantic Canadians can hold their own.”
Ms. Hutchings pointed out the Conservatives’ hypocrisy towards Atlantic Canada, noting, “…that they seem to think that since they did a drive by in Atlantic Canada this summer, that all of a sudden Atlantic Canadians will be fooled by their fleeting, politically motivated interest.I can tell you Mr. Speaker, that those of us on our side of the House who are fortunate enough to represent our ridings from Atlantic Canada, we’ll still be working hard for our constituents long after the Conservative Party has gone back to ignoring Atlantic Canada.”
Ms. Hutchings highlighted the work being done throughout Atlantic Canada by the federal government and in particular, the recently announced funding for the Long Range Mountains for clean water and wastewater infrastructure, small crafts and harbours, Parks Canada and College of the North Atlantic.