Northeastern Ontario NDP MPs Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) and Carol Hughes (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing) are pressuring the federal government to clear up the passport application backlog.
“We have never seen anything like this,” remarks Angus, adding that he understands the effect of the two-year passport office closure due to the pandemic. He says it’s made worse by the huge desire now to vacation.
“The number of applicants, the attempts to get them. It looks like the government was just caught flat-footed,” he says.
If you’re waiting, Angus advises you to contact his office, which is scrambling to fast-track applications.
Meanwhile, he wants a passport office in this region. He observes that the government is sending people from here to offices in Thunder Bay, Toronto and Gatineau, Quebec to get their passports in time to meet their international travel plans.
“It’s just not fair for people in Northern Ontario to have to drive to Thunder Bay to get their passport printed, or Gatineau. We need to have service in Northeastern Ontario, we need to get this backlog dealt with quickly.”