Local News - Wednesday, September 12, 2007 @ 12:00
A group of protesters brought a banner, signs bearing the image of an Algerian refugee and hope that Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration could help.
On Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m., about 20 supporters of Abdelkader Belaouni stopped by Haldimand-Norfolk MP Diane Finley's office in Simcoe.
Four of them requested a meeting with the minister but were later told staff had left a message at her Ottawa office. When three staff members left while Norfolk County OPP stood by, one staff member said Finley was in Ottawa.
On Sept. 11, Finely said she was called back to Ottawa on Sept. 6 at the last minute. Receiving over 100 meeting requests a week, she said she could not possible meet with each person.
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