Melissa Lantsman SLAMS Trudeau Liberals for blaming passport wait times on 'surge' of applications

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Thornhill MP Melissa Lantsman slammed the Trudeau Liberals over their failure to provide answers regarding the wait times many Canadians face trying to acquire new passports.

She called the government out for their inability to fix the issue, and pushed back against Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development Ya’ara Saks and her claim that a “surge” in applications was to blame.

“Another week, and more chaos at our airports,” Lantsman began, pointing out that “even if you want to go anywhere, getting a passport is turning into a Canadian-made nightmare.”

“Over the last ten weeks, the ‘surge’ the government is talking about is only half of what it was before COVID,” she continued. “So if no one was laid off, and no one at Passport Canada is working from home, will the minister responsible for the chaos tell us why anyone is still waiting for a passport they applied for in March?”

Saks doubled down on her “surge” claim, adding that Service Canada has hired 1,200 additional employees since fall of 2021, and that everyone was back at work, whether it be via telephone or in the office.

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