Madam Speaker, my hon. colleague from New Brunswick Southwest and I have been acquainted over the years. I think he would indulge me for a brief moment as I extend my condolences to the family of Joan Lee, the spouse of Sheldon Lee, a great servant of Charlotte County and mentor of mine. He is a truly a legendary figure in Charlotte County politics. At the same time, I want to extend my personal greetings to the people of Charlotte County and the Fundy Isles with whom I have become acquainted with over the years.
I take great interest in the issue the member raises. This is a vexing conundrum. The people of Campobello Island know the uniqueness of their geography and their proximity to the United States, the fact that one has to cross the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge to re-enter Canada and get access to their beautiful corner of Canada. That is something well known to them and has caused them to come up with inventive solutions to all manner of things. This situation is no lesser for it.
The Government of Canada and Canada Post will have to come up with an inventive solution. This has seemingly been brought on by the legalization of cannabis, which has caused the border and customs authorities in the United States to want to go through Canadians' mail. That is distasteful to Canadians and we want to avoid it.
Canada Post representatives have worked and will continue to work on innovative solutions with their U.S. counterparts, as I know government officials will with their U.S. counterparts. As the member alluded to, we seek a sustainable transportation solution that could allow us to send mail directly to the island.
We invite the Higgs government to continue to propose solutions, including transportation solutions, that it may be interested in supporting that we could rely upon for the mail. I leave that all to the discussions that are occurring very actively among officials. This is something we will continue to have a great interest in. We want to continue to work on this issue and solve it for the people of Campobello Island.