While the Gazette didn’t get the chance to talk to John Duncan, MP for Vancouver Island North, he did send the following short message explaining why he closed his local office:
Given the current budget realities, I have decided to close my Port Mc Neill office.
I remain committed to ensuring residents in the North Island have continued support and resources.
This is why I have designated a staff member to be the point of contact for North Island constituents.
The designated staff member will make regular visits to ensure people have the face-to-face contact, service and support they need from their Member of Parliament.
Residents will still be able to reach my office toll free at 1-800-667-8404 and my staff will continue to arrange meetings for me with all constituents in Vancouver Island North.