Facebook Live Townhall - Keeping Connected

Facebook Live Townhall - Keeping Connected

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

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act

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

Spring 2020 Community Report

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

Inclusion of cannabis sector in COVID-19 financial support measures

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.”

Open Letter re: COVID-19 Pandemic Measures For Vulnerable Populations sent to the Federal Ministers

Open Letter re: COVID-19 Pandemic Measures For Vulnerable Populations sent to the Federal Ministers

Deputy Prime Minister Freeland,
We are hearing very urgent concerns from constituents about taking immediate action to protect vulnerable people in our communities. We are especially concerned, now that we have confirmed that community transmission is occurring, about those in East Vancouver who would fall into high-risk categories for serious impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of health as well as in terms of the social indicators of health.

Vaughn Palmer: Trying to flatten COVID-19 curve in B.C. without raising threat, panic

Vaughn Palmer: Trying to flatten COVID-19 curve in B.C. without raising threat, panic

Federal MP Don Davies has been asking some pointed questions along those lines at the national level.

“Can we expect a thousand or 5,000 cases?” he challenged federal minister Hajdu this week. “Do you have those numbers or not? I have asked this question repeatedly and I am never getting an answer from the government

Federal government warns up to 26 million Canadians could get COVID-19; allocates $1B for fight

Federal government warns up to 26 million Canadians could get COVID-19; allocates $1B for fight

As the Liberal government announced $1 billion to battle coronavirus, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said COVID-19 could ultimately infect between 30 and 70 per cent of Canadians.

Hajdu was facing questions in committee from the NDP’s health critic Don Davies about the potential spread of the disease in Canada and just how prepared the government was to handle an increase in cases.

“Can we expect a thousand or 5,000? Do you have those numbers or not? I have asked this question repeatedly and I am never getting an answer from the government,” said Davies at the committee.

Feds should take steps to create national food program for schools

Feds should take steps to create national food program for schools

    Hearing the first reading of C-201, a private member’s bill from NDP MP Don Davies that calls for the development of a national school-food program, was an exciting day for parents and advocates across the country. This bill builds on the government’s intention, as signalled in the 2019 budget, of working towards such a program. 

    Yet, school food advocates are still holding their breath, waiting for funding to seal the deal, as similar promises have been made before

    Federal government warns up to 26 million Canadians could get COVID-19; allocates $1B for fight

    Federal government warns up to 26 million Canadians could get COVID-19; allocates $1B for fight

      As the Liberal government announced $1 billion to battle coronavirus, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said COVID-19 could ultimately infect between 30 and 70 per cent of Canadians.

      Hajdu was facing questions in committee from the NDP’s health critic Don Davies about the potential spread of the disease in Canada and just how prepared the government was to handle an increase in cases.

      CPAC Panel - Coronavirus

      CPAC Panel - Coronavirus

        For the first time there are more new COVID-19 cases outside of China than within China. This is a concerning development. Canadians deserve clear answers from their government on its plans to deal with a potential outbreak here in Canada.