07/18/2013 10:40 EDT | Updated 09/17/2013 05:12 EDT

Liberals Urge Harper Not To Play 'Tourist' In Northern Visit


Liberal MP Yvonne Jones called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government to help make life more affordable for people in Canada's North.

She held a news conference in Ottawa Thursday and challenged the government to explain how it is meeting the needs for better housing, health services, transportation and other infrastructure.

Jones, her party's northern development critic, said when Harper visits the North this summer, an annual tradition for the prime minister, he should take the time to truly engage with people who live there so he can better understand what life is like for them.

"Right now I'm just seeing him as a tourist," she said.

Jones was just elected in May 2013 in the byelection forced by the resignation of former Conservative MP and cabinet member Peter Penashue.

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