Monsef holds town hall meeting but stays tight-lipped on citizenship controversy

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

MP Maryam Monsef held a series of town hall meetings across the Peterborough-Kawartha riding today, closing out her series of cross-country engagements with constituents looking at the federal electoral system.
As Jesse Thomas reports, the findings will go before the electoral committee before their findings are published in December.

Close to 30 people filed their way into the Douro Community Centre Tuesday night to take part in the town hall. This was the fourth stop of the day for the MP who is also the minister of democratic institutions.

“There is a consensus amongst cCanadians that conversations like this before we develop legislation is the way to go. There is consensus that their connection to their local representative is very important to them. we all agree that more diversity, more inclusion and more accessibility is important and our ultimate goal with this whole process is increasing engagement.”

This was Monsef’s first time back in her home riding since news broke last month that she was born in Iran and not Afghanistan…¬†a fact that has touched off some controversy on Parliament Hill, with one Conservative MP even calling for her to step down.

When asked about where things stand now when it comes to her citizenship paperwork-
she couldn’t offer any details.
“what steps are you taking to right your citizenship papers?”
“…..I’m working on it.”

When asked if she could comment on other individuals who are going through similar situations and being deported, Monsef said it was important that she not comment right now. Her assistant said questions would have to go to the press secretary in Oytawa before she could offer any further comment.

On Thursday Monsef will host the final town hall meeting on electoral reform in the riding at the Lakefield arena.

Jesse Thomas CHEX Newswatch Peterborough

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