An unexpected difference in voting between the NDP and Liberals: re-naming a national park

Ted Hsu
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Private Member’s Bill C-370 proposes to rename St. Lawrence Islands National Park to Thousand Islands National Park.

The rationale for this is that Thousand Islands is a much more recognized international brand which would attract more tourism business to the park. It is also a more accurate description of the park’s location.

The name change is supported by the local community, businesses and park staff.

Strangely, the NDP voted against this bill at second reading tonight (Sept. 19, 2012), while the Liberal, Conservative, Green and independent MPs all voted for the name change.

The issue for the NDP seems to be the cost of the name change, but I believe there is a good business case for replacing signs and park literature. It would cost several thousands of dollars today, but permanently boost the number of tourist visits to the park and surrounding region.