This is my first column for The Sou’wester since my election as MLA for St. Norbert.
For those that I have not yet met, my name is Jon Reyes. I am a former veteran of over 10 years with both the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army. I am a small business owner, community leader, past president of the Manitoba Filipino Business Council and most importantly a husband and father of two. Alongside my role of MLA St. Norbert, on May 3, Premier Brian Pallister named me as the Special Envoy of Military Affairs where I will work as the provincial government’s liaison to the military community here in Manitoba.
Going door to door in the election provided me with the opportunity to find out what some of the priorities are for the constituency of St. Norbert. With over three months under my belt as MLA, I am whole-heartedly enjoying the privilege and honour of the role as the provincial government representative. I am truly inspired by the hard work, dedication and attitude of committed members of the St. Norbert constituency.
After the first seven weeks of the legislative session, I am pleased to provide you with some of the progress of the new provincial government. The Throne speech on May 16 made clear what our provincial government’s vision is for the initial steps required for a stronger economy, better services and a brighter future for all Manitobans. Although currently in a deficit, the budget outlined moving Manitoba back toward fiscal balance. Our government is guaranteeing services to francophones with legislation that makes the French language a larger part of our province’s governance. The Francophone Community Enhancement and Support Act both respects the French-speaking roots of many Manitobans such as those in the constituency of St. Norbert.
As I begin my first year as MLA St. Norbert, I look forward to meeting and getting to know what issues, initiatives and ideas you may have. I would like you all to be informed about my coffee and constituency sessions that will take place at two different McDonald’s locations within the constituency — located at 3045 Pembina Hwy. and at 2027 Pembina Hwy. — on alternating Saturday mornings. I am excited for great discussion as to how we can work better together for St. Norbert.
Two things I would like to point out are that my website is still under construction and my constituency office is still in the works. I have received several questions regarding this since having been elected. I aim to have a fully operational website and constituency office by the fall.
Please stay tuned in the meantime by subscribing to my newsletter by emailing email@example.com, finding me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JonReyesintheCommunity or on Twitter at @jonreyes204. You can also reach me via telephone at 204-261-7272.
I hope everyone is having a great summer and hope to see you soon.