Ottawa yet to release virus projections

Apr 3, 2020

The federal NDP is calling for the immediate release of those models. “We can’t fight this virus blindly,” B.C. MP Don Davies said.

New Democrats call on federal government to give Canadians more information on COVID-19

Apr 2, 2020

VANCOUVER – Today, NDP Health Critic Don Davies called on the federal government to release its modelling and projections of COVID-19 transmission in Canada.

 

Mental health a ‘missing piece’ in feds’ COVID-19 response, say critics, advocates

Apr 2, 2020

Mental health is underfunded at the best of times.
With COVID-19, Canadians will experience added health concerns, job loss, financial problems, social isolation and more that will increase mental health challenges.
I am calling for more resources and funding to address this.

Don Davies Calls for Moratorium on Rent, Mortgages

Apr 1, 2020

Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway, said the tough situation facing many renters and landlords shows why more action is needed from the federal government. New Democrats have called for a federal moratorium on rent, mortgage payments and utility bills.

“We need extraordinary measures, I think, to deal with an extraordinary situation,” he said

COVID-19 can’t end parliamentary scrutiny, say experts

Mar 30, 2020

“I think Canadians expect us and want us, to the extent we can, work across party lines in as a non-partisan way as possible and focus on the task at hand, which is, I think, ferreting out the most comprehensive information we can, holding the government to account, and making sure that we come up with the best possible proposal we can,” Mr. Davies said.

Bars, nightclubs and cannabis growers don’t qualify for BDC COVID-19 loans

Mar 30, 2020

NDP MP Don Davies, Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Conservative MP Scott Reid are urging the Department of Finance to provide support for the cannabis industry.

In a letter sent to Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 19, they wrote, “Cannabis firms are new businesses in a fledgling, complicated sector and, like other Canadian businesses, need support from the federal government to weather the economic impacts of COVID-19.”

Facebook Live Townhall - Keeping Connected

Mar 27, 2020

Dear Constituents,

I hope you are doing well at this difficult time.
Although we are all practicing social distancing to help combat the spread of COVID-19, I and my team are working hard to remain open and accessible to you.
As part of our efforts to stay connected, we hosted a Facebook Live townhall meeting to keep you informed and answer any questions you may have.

You can view the recording of the townhall at this link. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

 

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act

Mar 25, 2020

On March 25, Parliament unanimously adopted the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act. This legislation implements a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. 

These measures will provide up to $52 billion in direct support to people and businesses, along with $55 billion in tax deferrals. Many of the provisions mirror proposals that the NDP has put forward.

However, we still believe that more money needs to flow to more people, faster. We also want wider protection for people, including a moratorium on rents, utilities, evictions and the elimination of interest on credit cards for at least two payment cycles.

We will continue to fight for the best protection available to help get Canadians through this public health crisis. 

Spring 2020 Community Report

Mar 21, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the House of Commons Printing Services has closed and therefore were unable to print our latest mailing to constituents. 
So, in order to make sure that we continue to provide you with up-to-date information, we've converted our latest communication into an online interactive format. 
Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.
Happy reading!

Inclusion of cannabis sector in COVID-19 financial support measures

Mar 19, 2020

We are writing to you today as co-chairs of the Parliamentary Cannabis Caucus to request the inclusion of Canada’s cannabis sector in the federal government’s plan to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 13, 2020, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) announced a joint strategy to provide additional liquidity for businesses, pledging to increase loans typically issued on commercial terms by $10 billion. Although the crown corporations have yet to detail how the new Business Credit Availability program will work, cannabis firms have been informed that they will not be eligible to participate. Dan Sutton, CEO of the B.C.-based cannabis producer Tantalus Labs, was told by a BDC senior account manager that “we do not do business with cannabis firms at this time.”