A Hamilton New Democrat MP is accusing the Harper Government of playing politics and the national day to recognize the achievements of Lincoln Alexander may be delayed as a result.
Hamilton Mountain MP Chris Charlton is at a loss to understand why the Conservative government is dragging its feet on a motion to set aside January 21st, Linc’s birthday, as Lincoln Alexander Day in Canada.
She introduced a private members’ bill to the effect the day before the House of Commons rose for the winter break.
Linc was a Tory MP for Hamilton West for 12 years and was the first black federal cabinet minister and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Charlton thought there was all party support, but Tory party whip John Duncan didn’t give his consent for the motion to pass because the Conservatives had introduced a similar bill in the Senate that afternoon.
Federal approval will now not happen until sometime in the new year, but too late for the recognition to happen next month.