Raquel Dancho

Raquel Dancho

Kildonan-St. Paul constituency report

Raquel Dancho is the Conservative MP for Kildonan-St. Paul.

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Reflections as Parliament resumes

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Reflections as Parliament resumes

Raquel Dancho 3 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

Parliament resumed on Sept. 20. So, as your federal representative for Kildonan–St. Paul, I would like to hear about the issues you would like championed in the coming months. Please reach out to my office at Raquel.Dancho@parl.gc.ca or 204-984-6322 to share comments or seek assistance regarding federal issues.

It was wonderful to see Winnipeg and Manitoba come alive once again as we come out of the pandemic. I hope you have been able to spend some time with your family and friends over the last few months. It has been great to see constituents at various meetings, local festivals, and attractions during Parliament’s summer recess.

Sadly, the summer ended on a somber note. Many Canadians were deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. My thoughts are with the Royal Family and all those who were closest to Her Majesty. The Queen served with dignity and grace. Our rights and freedoms flow from the thousand-year-old legal and parliamentary traditions inherited from England and France and sustain our strong tradition of democracy. Long live the King.

Over the summer, as shadow minister for public safety, I continued to meet with police, grassroots community organizations that work with society’s most vulnerable, and elected public safety officials. Rising crime, dangerous drug use, and gang violence are increasing across Canada. This is deeply concerning. I hear from many of you that safer communities are a top priority. Conservatives are developing a plan to keep Canadians safe, support the vulnerable, and remove violence and criminal activity from our streets.

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

Parliament resumed on Sept. 20. So, as your federal representative for Kildonan–St. Paul, I would like to hear about the issues you would like championed in the coming months. Please reach out to my office at Raquel.Dancho@parl.gc.ca or 204-984-6322 to share comments or seek assistance regarding federal issues.

It was wonderful to see Winnipeg and Manitoba come alive once again as we come out of the pandemic. I hope you have been able to spend some time with your family and friends over the last few months. It has been great to see constituents at various meetings, local festivals, and attractions during Parliament’s summer recess.

Sadly, the summer ended on a somber note. Many Canadians were deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. My thoughts are with the Royal Family and all those who were closest to Her Majesty. The Queen served with dignity and grace. Our rights and freedoms flow from the thousand-year-old legal and parliamentary traditions inherited from England and France and sustain our strong tradition of democracy. Long live the King.

Over the summer, as shadow minister for public safety, I continued to meet with police, grassroots community organizations that work with society’s most vulnerable, and elected public safety officials. Rising crime, dangerous drug use, and gang violence are increasing across Canada. This is deeply concerning. I hear from many of you that safer communities are a top priority. Conservatives are developing a plan to keep Canadians safe, support the vulnerable, and remove violence and criminal activity from our streets.

Feds need to step up delivery of services

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Feds need to step up delivery of services

Raquel Dancho 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

It is wonderful to be back from Ottawa for the summer to spend time in Kildonan-St. Paul with constituents. On Canada Day, the weather was beautiful, and it was great to see thousands of people enjoying the festivities with their families and neighbours. It is heartwarming that Canadians once again came together to celebrate our amazing country after two long difficult years.

Throughout the pandemic, governments were more intrusive in our lives than ever before and that created a lot of division. Many argued heavy-handed government action was needed, others believed they went too far; but when a crisis hits, we need both strong government action and a government that protects our rights and freedoms — that is when our democracy thrives.

Unfortunately, the Liberal government is failing in many cases to deliver action and services Canadians expect and deserve. Record high inflation and rising gas and food prices, long delays with passports, airport chaos, two major telecommunications outages in the past two years, continued boil-water advisories in First Nations communities, issues reaching climate change emission reduction targets despite the punitive carbon tax, and delayed immigration and refugee services — all are areas the Liberal government is failing to deliver for Canadians.

Of deep concern, after nearly eight years of the Liberals’ soft-on-crime approach, Canada’s neighbourhoods have become less safe with crime rates higher than when the Liberals first came to power in 2015. Winnipeggers and Manitobans are seeing this first-hand in the news, and I have heard from many of you that crime reduction is a top priority for the government to address.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

MP Raquel Dancho handing out cake and speaking with seniors at a Canada Day event in Kildonan—St. Paul

When will price increases stop?

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When will price increases stop?

Raquel Dancho 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Many seniors and families in Kildonan—St. Paul have contacted my office with concerns over the record-high costs of food, gas (which is over $2 per litre as I write this), and housing.

The Prime Minister has claimed that Canada’s inflationary crisis would be ‘transitory’. He was wrong. The cost of living continues to grow, and millions of Canadians are feeling the pinch of inflation.

Let us take a closer look at the increase in housing costs.

In the 1970s, the average income was about $25,000 and the average house price was about $50,000. A person could reasonably buy a house and pay it off within 10 years — but this is no longer the case. In just the last six years of the Liberals being in government, the average house price has doubled — reaching $868,000. Something is seriously wrong with this situation.

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Kildonan-St.Paul MP Raquel Dancho asks questions of the federal government in the House of Commons.

Canada can do more to help Ukraine

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Canada can do more to help Ukraine

Raquel Dancho 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022

Canadians have been deeply disturbed by the horrors unfolding in Ukraine as cities are destroyed and innocent civilians have been tortured, sexually abused, and killed.

Putin’s unprovoked, illegal attack and invasion of Ukraine is the first major European war between countries since the Second World War. This is a serious violation of the international rules-based order.

The people of Ukraine have shown great courage and determination to fight for their freedom and sovereignty. We must stand with Ukraine – it is a moral duty.

Over five million refugees have fled Ukraine. Many people in our community have friends and family who live in Ukraine, and they are praying their loved ones get out safely.

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022

Canadians have been deeply disturbed by the horrors unfolding in Ukraine as cities are destroyed and innocent civilians have been tortured, sexually abused, and killed.

Putin’s unprovoked, illegal attack and invasion of Ukraine is the first major European war between countries since the Second World War. This is a serious violation of the international rules-based order.

The people of Ukraine have shown great courage and determination to fight for their freedom and sovereignty. We must stand with Ukraine – it is a moral duty.

Over five million refugees have fled Ukraine. Many people in our community have friends and family who live in Ukraine, and they are praying their loved ones get out safely.

Moving forward and coming together

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Moving forward and coming together

Raquel Dancho 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022

Like many Canadians, my ancestors fled tyranny and war-torn eastern Europe over 130 years ago to come to the Canadian prairies for freedom and opportunity. Their hard work and sacrifice created a better life for all who followed. I am motivated to honour them, to do right by them and my constituents, and contribute to a united and prosperous Canada.

However, since I was elected over two years ago, I have grown increasingly concerned over the state of our national unity. There is an alarming rise of western alienation and Quebec separatism, an increasing divide between urban and rural Canada, and division over the COVID-19 pandemic is severe. With these issues, national unity is at an all-time low.

This division is understandable in many ways. If one were to use a word to describe the last two years, and the immense challenges presented by COVID-19, government mandates, and restrictions, I would say it would be “trauma.” Millions of Canadians have been traumatized. Families have lost loved ones to COVID-19, suicide, and drug overdose; there have been delayed surgeries; untold damage has been done to our mental health and the development of our children; and countless others have been deeply impacted by the social isolation, job losses, and hundreds of thousands of small business closures over the past two years.

Thankfully, the world is now beginning to move past this challenging time. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, and other advanced nations are opening up, lifting mandates and restrictions, and learning to live with COVID-19. Several provinces, including Manitoba, have begun their re-opening plans. Dr. Theresa Tam recently said existing public health measures need to be “re-evaluated” so we can “get back to some normalcy.” It is also very clear that we need to transform our health-care system to ensure we are better prepared for future pandemics and that our incredible health care workers are fully equipped.

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022

Like many Canadians, my ancestors fled tyranny and war-torn eastern Europe over 130 years ago to come to the Canadian prairies for freedom and opportunity. Their hard work and sacrifice created a better life for all who followed. I am motivated to honour them, to do right by them and my constituents, and contribute to a united and prosperous Canada.

However, since I was elected over two years ago, I have grown increasingly concerned over the state of our national unity. There is an alarming rise of western alienation and Quebec separatism, an increasing divide between urban and rural Canada, and division over the COVID-19 pandemic is severe. With these issues, national unity is at an all-time low.

This division is understandable in many ways. If one were to use a word to describe the last two years, and the immense challenges presented by COVID-19, government mandates, and restrictions, I would say it would be “trauma.” Millions of Canadians have been traumatized. Families have lost loved ones to COVID-19, suicide, and drug overdose; there have been delayed surgeries; untold damage has been done to our mental health and the development of our children; and countless others have been deeply impacted by the social isolation, job losses, and hundreds of thousands of small business closures over the past two years.

Thankfully, the world is now beginning to move past this challenging time. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, and other advanced nations are opening up, lifting mandates and restrictions, and learning to live with COVID-19. Several provinces, including Manitoba, have begun their re-opening plans. Dr. Theresa Tam recently said existing public health measures need to be “re-evaluated” so we can “get back to some normalcy.” It is also very clear that we need to transform our health-care system to ensure we are better prepared for future pandemics and that our incredible health care workers are fully equipped.

Working hard to represent Kildonan–St. Paul

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Working hard to represent Kildonan–St. Paul

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP Constituency Report 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

The last two years have made life difficult for Canadians. The global COVID-19 pandemic caused isolation, uncertainty, and fear. In 2022, I pray the virus fades to an endemic, that Canadians can feel safe, and that we can all be equally free to gather with friends and loved ones once again. As the new year begins, I am sharing with you highlights of my work as the MP for Kildonan-St. Paul since I was re-elected in September 2021. Many have contacted my office about large-scale medical marijuana grow-ops popping up in our neighbourhoods that cause unbearable odours, property destruction, and safety concerns. I spoke to Winnipeg city council in support of its proposal to regulate grow-ops to create safer communities. The proposal has since passed and I look forward to seeing it implemented in Winnipeg.This fall, Canadians crossing the Canada - U.S. land border were unfairly hit with fines and 14-day quarantine orders for simply not using a government smartphone app. This issue especially affected seniors who often do not have smartphones. I raised the issue in the House of Commons and wrote an open letter to the minister of public safety. My advocacy made national news and as a result, the Liberal government acted to better respect Canadians and seniors returning to Canada.I also wrote to the ministers of public safety and foreign affairs demanding that, after three years of promises, the Liberal government finally act to ban Huawei from Canada’s telecommunications network. Huawei has direct connections to the Communist Party of China and security experts have warned of major privacy and security concerns as a result. Of our Five-Eyes allies — the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand — Canada is the only country that has not acted. After six years of the Liberals’ soft-on-crime approach, violent crime rates have increased in Canada and, tragically, opioids resulted in 7,000 Canadians losing their lives last year. The Liberal’s recent Bill C-5 will eliminate mandatory prison time for drug-traffickers and violent gun crimes. I questioned the minister of public safety on these dangerous and misplaced priorities and will continue to demand they reverse course and be tough on criminals to keep Canadians safe. Canadians are strong and resilient, and I believe Canada’s best days are ahead of us. I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2022. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to my office with questions or comments you have, 204-984-6322 or email Raquel.Dancho@parl.gc.ca

The last two years have made life difficult for Canadians. The global COVID-19 pandemic caused isolation, uncertainty, and fear. In 2022, I pray the virus fades to an endemic, that Canadians can feel safe, and that we can all be equally free to gather with friends and loved ones once again. 

As the new year begins, I am sharing with you highlights of my work as the MP for Kildonan-St. Paul since I was re-elected in September 2021. 

Many have contacted my office about large-scale medical marijuana grow-ops popping up in our neighbourhoods that cause unbearable odours, property destruction, and safety concerns. I spoke to Winnipeg city council in support of its proposal to regulate grow-ops to create safer communities. The proposal has since passed and I look forward to seeing it implemented in Winnipeg.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

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Kildonan-St. Paul MP Raquel Dancho speaks last month in the House of Commons.

Working hard to represent Kildonan–St. Paul

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Working hard to represent Kildonan–St. Paul

Raquel Dancho 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

 

The last two years have made life difficult for Canadians. The global COVID-19 pandemic caused isolation, uncertainty, and fear. In 2022, I pray the virus fades to an endemic, that Canadians can feel safe, and that we can all be equally free to gather with friends and loved ones once again.

As the new year begins, I am sharing with you highlights of my work as the MP for Kildonan-St. Paul since I was re-elected in September 2021.

Many have contacted my office about large-scale medical marijuana grow-ops popping up in our neighbourhoods that cause unbearable odours, property destruction, and safety concerns. I spoke to Winnipeg city council in support of its proposal to regulate grow-ops to create safer communities. The proposal has since passed and I look forward to seeing it implemented in Winnipeg.

Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

Christian Diotte, HOC-CDC
Question Period / Période des questions 01 Dec

Ottawa, ONTARIO, on 01 December, 2021.

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Credit: Christian Diotte, House of Commons Photo Services

Parliament must address the cost of living

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Parliament must address the cost of living

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul Constituency Report 5 minute read Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021

As the 44th Parliamentary session approaches, I have been reflecting on the critical issues facing our community. A concern that many of you have shared with me is inflation, which is at an 18-year high. The overall cost of living is up 4.4 per cent compared to 2020. Since last year, food prices in Canada have risen overall by 3.9 per cent; meat is up by 9.5 percent and baby food saw an increase of 5 per cent. The skyrocketing cost of living is hurting millions of Canadians, especially those on fixed incomes like many seniors, as well as growing families and new Canadians. A recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute found that more than one-third of Canadians have struggled to afford enough food for their families during the pandemic. I have heard first-hand from food banks across Winnipeg that they are facing increased demand. We know a primary driver of rising costs for groceries has been supply chain issues here in Canada and across the globe. However, the Bank of Canada has flooded the Canadian economy with billions of newly printed dollars over the past 19 months of the pandemic, which has devalued our dollar. We are now experiencing the real consequences of the federal government spending more than it earns in revenue from taxpayers, and its impact on Canadians.Your federal Conservative team, led by Erin O’Toole, will continue to pressure the Liberal government to act on the inflation crisis, lower the cost of living, and increase the size of your paycheques.The next session of Parliament begins on Nov. 22. I will hold the government to account for its record on these and other issues, and debate legislation that will improve the lives of all Canadians. I want to know what issues are most important to you and your family. Please share your thoughts with my office by emailing me at  raquel.dancho@parl.gc.ca or by calling 204-984-6322. I review each comment personally. ☐ ☐ ☐This Remembrance Day I was privileged to take part in Henderson Legion No. 215’s drive-through Poppy Remembrance event, and the Remembrance Day service in West St. Paul. Thank you to everyone who picked up a Lest We Forget lawn sign from their local legions to proudly show their support for our veterans.I also wish to thank all the families who stopped by the Halloween drive-thru at my office. We handed out over 300 treat bags and it was great to see so many smiling faces and fun costumes. 

As the 44th Parliamentary session approaches, I have been reflecting on the critical issues facing our community. 

A concern that many of you have shared with me is inflation, which is at an 18-year high. The overall cost of living is up 4.4 per cent compared to 2020. Since last year, food prices in Canada have risen overall by 3.9 per cent; meat is up by 9.5 percent and baby food saw an increase of 5 per cent. 

The skyrocketing cost of living is hurting millions of Canadians, especially those on fixed incomes like many seniors, as well as growing families and new Canadians. A recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute found that more than one-third of Canadians have struggled to afford enough food for their families during the pandemic. I have heard first-hand from food banks across Winnipeg that they are facing increased demand. We know a primary driver of rising costs for groceries has been supply chain issues here in Canada and across the globe. 

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021

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For Remembrance Day, MP Raquel Dancho purchased a “We Will Remember Them” sign from the local legion to support veterans in our community.

Parliament must address the cost of living

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Parliament must address the cost of living

Raquel Dancho 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

As the 44th Parliamentary session approaches, I have been reflecting on the critical issues facing our community.

A concern that many of you have shared with me is inflation, which is at an 18-year high. The overall cost of living is up 4.4 per cent compared to 2020. Since last year, food prices in Canada have risen overall by 3.9 per cent; meat is up by 9.5 percent and baby food saw an increase of 5 per cent.

The skyrocketing cost of living is hurting millions of Canadians, especially those on fixed incomes like many seniors, as well as growing families and new Canadians. A recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute found that more than one-third of Canadians have struggled to afford enough food for their families during the pandemic. I have heard first-hand from food banks across Winnipeg that they are facing increased demand. We know a primary driver of rising costs for groceries has been supply chain issues here in Canada and across the globe.

However, the Bank of Canada has flooded the Canadian economy with billions of newly printed dollars over the past 19 months of the pandemic, which has devalued our dollar. We are now experiencing the real consequences of the federal government spending more than it earns in revenue from taxpayers, and its impact on Canadians.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

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For Remembrance Day, MP Raquel Dancho purchased a “We Will Remember Them” sign from the local legion to support veterans in our community.

Honoured to represent Kildonan–St. Paul

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Honoured to represent Kildonan–St. Paul

Raquel Dancho 4 minute read Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

Thank you, Kildonan-St. Paul for re-electing me as your member of Parliament. It is an honour to represent you in the House of Commons and deliver results for our community. Now is the time to come together and heal the divisions in our country. There is no challenge too great when we are united as Canadians with a common purpose. I will be working together with my colleagues from all parties to defeat COVID-19 and get us back to normal. That is my priority and commitment to you as the member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul. I want to hear from you. What are your concerns and priorities for your family, our community and for Canada?  Share your thoughts with me by contacting my office at 204-984-6322 or raquel.dancho@parl.gc.ca  ☐ ☐ ☐ On Fri., Oct. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m., I will be hosting a Halloween drive-rhru event for families in the parking lot of my office at 27 Red River Blvd. West. Bring the kids in costume to get a treat bag after school or before dinner. Public health guidelines will be followed.☐ ☐ ☐ Several community members have reached out to my office on the issue of large-scale medical marijuana grow-ops and the negative impacts pungent odours, additional traffic, and security concerns, are having on residents in local neighbourhoods.These large-scale medical marijuana grow-ops have been connected to criminal activity in other provinces and I am working with all levels of government to prevent organized crime from taking root in Kildonan-St. Paul. The Trudeau government has yet to respond to my calls to change Health Canada regulations to close the loophole that allows individuals to grow medical marijuana in residential homes far in excess of what would be necessary for personal medical use. We know medical marijuana can be grown safely; however, poor regulation from the federal government has negatively impacted the quality of life of residents in Kildonan-St. Paul. This week a measure is before a city council committee that would support residents and regulate large-scale medical marijuana grow-ops. I am pleased to see the City of Winnipeg move forward with local measures to address this concern. I will always stand up for safer neighbourhoods for residents of Kildonan-St. Paul.

Thank you, Kildonan-St. Paul for re-electing me as your member of Parliament. It is an honour to represent you in the House of Commons and deliver results for our community. 

Now is the time to come together and heal the divisions in our country. There is no challenge too great when we are united as Canadians with a common purpose. I will be working together with my colleagues from all parties to defeat COVID-19 and get us back to normal. That is my priority and commitment to you as the member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul. 

I want to hear from you. What are your concerns and priorities for your family, our community and for Canada?  

Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

Kildonan-St.Paul MP Raquel Dancho (centre) MP and Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley MP Marty Morantz (centre, left) helped support vulnerable community members at Winnipeg’s Agape Table this Thanksgiving.

Honoured to represent Kildonan–St. Paul

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Honoured to represent Kildonan–St. Paul

Raquel Dancho 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Thank you, Kildonan-St. Paul for re-electing me as your member of Parliament. It is an honour to represent you in the House of Commons and deliver results for our community.

Now is the time to come together and heal the divisions in our country. There is no challenge too great when we are united as Canadians with a common purpose. I will be working together with my colleagues from all parties to defeat COVID-19 and get us back to normal. That is my priority and commitment to you as the member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul.

I want to hear from you. What are your concerns and priorities for your family, our community and for Canada? 

Share your thoughts with me by contacting my office at 204-984-6322 or raquel.dancho@parl.gc.ca

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Kildonan-St.Paul MP Raquel Dancho (centre) MP and Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley MP Marty Morantz (centre, left) helped support vulnerable community members at Winnipeg’s Agape Table this Thanksgiving.

Connecting with our community

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Connecting with our community

Raquel Dancho 5 minute read Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

With warm summer weather and restrictions loosening, many Manitobans are getting outside and feeling hopeful that the future will be more free and safe than the past year and a half. I share that optimism. At the same time, after speaking with parents, grandparents and young people, I have heard many of our neighbours express concern about the future. Our economy has taken a major hit and our country’s finances remain deeply in the red. Inflation is hitting record highs, making food and necessities more expensive, which has deeply affected seniors on fixed incomes and families living in poverty. For many young people, the dream of home ownership is now further out of reach. These days, it feels impossible to plan for the future. Unfortunately, a recent Statistics Canada report confirmed that the Liberal government has failed to meet its Budget 2021 recovery targets, falling 340,000 jobs short of its promise that Canada would regain all jobs lost to the pandemic by June 2021. I remain concerned that the Prime Minister has failed to provide a clear plan for Canada’s economic recovery to Canadians. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has committed to restoring one million jobs and working to ensure all Canadians have access to good paying jobs in every industry and in every region of our country. Right now, Canadians are looking for stability, security, and a future that will provide greater opportunity for all of us once again. As the member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, that is my priority. Over the parliamentary summer break, I have also focused on our community and spent time learning more about the struggles facing our most vulnerable. I was thankful for the opportunity to serve breakfast and make pizzas for lunch for community members in need at Siloam Mission, and to deliver groceries and hot meals to seniors through one of Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre’s community support programs. Both organizations have gone above and beyond to serve those in need in our community throughout the pandemic. I am thankful to the generous volunteers and patrons for supporting these critical community organizations.If you have any questions concerning federal support programs for you or your family, or would like to share your perspective on issues facing Canadians today, please reach out to my office at 204-984-6322 or raquel.dancho@parl.gc.ca

With warm summer weather and restrictions loosening, many Manitobans are getting outside and feeling hopeful that the future will be more free and safe than the past year and a half. I share that optimism. 

At the same time, after speaking with parents, grandparents and young people, I have heard many of our neighbours express concern about the future. Our economy has taken a major hit and our country’s finances remain deeply in the red. Inflation is hitting record highs, making food and necessities more expensive, which has deeply affected seniors on fixed incomes and families living in poverty. For many young people, the dream of home ownership is now further out of reach. These days, it feels impossible to plan for the future. 

Unfortunately, a recent Statistics Canada report confirmed that the Liberal government has failed to meet its Budget 2021 recovery targets, falling 340,000 jobs short of its promise that Canada would regain all jobs lost to the pandemic by June 2021. I remain concerned that the Prime Minister has failed to provide a clear plan for Canada’s economic recovery to Canadians. 

Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

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Kildonan-St. Paul MP Raquel Dancho recently helped serve breakfast and make pizzas for lunch at Siloam Mission.

Working hard for you in the House of Commons

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Working hard for you in the House of Commons

Raquel Dancho - MP for Kildonan-St. Paul 2 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021

Summer in Manitoba is finally here, and we are within reach of getting back to normal life.

Hallelujah! This is welcome news following a busy parliamentary session representing you in Ottawa.

I was proud to work with disability advocates to restore $4 million in funding for non-profit organizations that serve Canadians with disabilities like blindness or low-vision, Parkinson’s and cerebral palsy, who depend on accessible reading materials available at no cost at local libraries across the country. I am thankful for the efforts of advocates across Canada that supported my efforts to ensure this vital service is maintained during the pandemic.

Additionally, I have been advocating for maternity benefits for pregnant women. Sadly, the Liberals have failed to accommodate pregnant women who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and as a result went on employment insurance, like millions of Canadians. I have sounded the alarm directly with the minister responsible for EI, that many pregnant women will be cut off and left with no income because of current government policies.

Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021

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Kildonan-St. Paul MP Raquel Dancho rises to ask a question in the House of Commons on June 16.

Our seniors deserve more support

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Our seniors deserve more support

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP Constituency Report 5 minute read Monday, May. 31, 2021

Initiated by Canada’s Conservatives, the Parliamentary committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, has begun a study of the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian seniors. As vice-chair of this committee, I am pleased Parliamentarians have the opportunity to hear from seniors’ advocacy organizations. These organizations are raising the alarm about the serious impacts that isolation caused by lockdowns is having on seniors across Canada.I have spoken with many constituents who have experienced these challenges first-hand. Throughout the lockdowns, seniors have been socially isolated from family, friends and neighbours, faith communities, exercise and daily connections. Experts are telling us isolation is leading to devastating and measurable physical, mental, and emotional damage on our seniors living alone or in long-term care. This has also been a challenging year financially for our seniors. The cost of living continues to increase substantially and inflation is growing above predicted levels. Seniors have repeatedly expressed to me how upset and frustrated they are that the Liberal budget only provides an increase in old age security payments for seniors 75 years of age and older by June 2022. Whether one is 75 or 65, the cost of rent, groceries and transportation is increasing.Every senior has the right to live with dignity whether they are living independently or in a personal care home. I will continue to call for greater support for the well-being and financial security of Canada’s seniors. I was pleased to see organizations in Kildonan-St. Paul that offer supports for seniors receive funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to employ additional staff to assist seniors.☐ ☐ ☐In closing, I want to recognize the graduating class of 2021. As a second COVID graduation approaches, I congratulate and commend our students.This has been an incredibly challenging year and the commitment of students to finish their educations is a great accomplishment. I encourage all graduates to continue to learn, grow and share their gifts with our great country. I also want to thank the parents, grandparents, teachers, principals, and support and administration staff for supporting our students through the uncertainty and difficulties of this past year.In recognition of the accomplishments of Grade 12 graduates in Kildonan-St. Paul I will once again provide, upon request, Canadian flags and certificates to our new graduates. Please contact my office for additional details, supplies are limited. Please call our office at 204-984-6322.

Initiated by Canada’s Conservatives, the Parliamentary committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, has begun a study of the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian seniors. 

As vice-chair of this committee, I am pleased Parliamentarians have the opportunity to hear from seniors’ advocacy organizations. These organizations are raising the alarm about the serious impacts that isolation caused by lockdowns is having on seniors across Canada.

I have spoken with many constituents who have experienced these challenges first-hand. Throughout the lockdowns, seniors have been socially isolated from family, friends and neighbours, faith communities, exercise and daily connections. Experts are telling us isolation is leading to devastating and measurable physical, mental, and emotional damage on our seniors living alone or in long-term care. 

Monday, May. 31, 2021

Initiated by Canada’s Conservatives, the Parliamentary committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, has begun a study of the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian seniors. As vice-chair of this committee, I am pleased Parliamentarians have the opportunity to hear from seniors’ advocacy organizations. These organizations are raising the alarm about the serious impacts that isolation caused by lockdowns is having on seniors across Canada.I have spoken with many constituents who have experienced these challenges first-hand. Throughout the lockdowns, seniors have been socially isolated from family, friends and neighbours, faith communities, exercise and daily connections. Experts are telling us isolation is leading to devastating and measurable physical, mental, and emotional damage on our seniors living alone or in long-term care. This has also been a challenging year financially for our seniors. The cost of living continues to increase substantially and inflation is growing above predicted levels. Seniors have repeatedly expressed to me how upset and frustrated they are that the Liberal budget only provides an increase in old age security payments for seniors 75 years of age and older by June 2022. Whether one is 75 or 65, the cost of rent, groceries and transportation is increasing.Every senior has the right to live with dignity whether they are living independently or in a personal care home. I will continue to call for greater support for the well-being and financial security of Canada’s seniors. I was pleased to see organizations in Kildonan-St. Paul that offer supports for seniors receive funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to employ additional staff to assist seniors.☐ ☐ ☐In closing, I want to recognize the graduating class of 2021. As a second COVID graduation approaches, I congratulate and commend our students.This has been an incredibly challenging year and the commitment of students to finish their educations is a great accomplishment. I encourage all graduates to continue to learn, grow and share their gifts with our great country. I also want to thank the parents, grandparents, teachers, principals, and support and administration staff for supporting our students through the uncertainty and difficulties of this past year.In recognition of the accomplishments of Grade 12 graduates in Kildonan-St. Paul I will once again provide, upon request, Canadian flags and certificates to our new graduates. Please contact my office for additional details, supplies are limited. Please call our office at 204-984-6322.

Initiated by Canada’s Conservatives, the Parliamentary committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, has begun a study of the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian seniors. 

As vice-chair of this committee, I am pleased Parliamentarians have the opportunity to hear from seniors’ advocacy organizations. These organizations are raising the alarm about the serious impacts that isolation caused by lockdowns is having on seniors across Canada.

I have spoken with many constituents who have experienced these challenges first-hand. Throughout the lockdowns, seniors have been socially isolated from family, friends and neighbours, faith communities, exercise and daily connections. Experts are telling us isolation is leading to devastating and measurable physical, mental, and emotional damage on our seniors living alone or in long-term care. 

Unsustainable spending jeopardizes future

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Unsustainable spending jeopardizes future

Raquel Dancho - MP for Kildonan-St. Paul 3 minute read Thursday, May. 6, 2021

As Canada waits for more vaccines during the third wave of COVID-19, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what’s at stake in this health and economic crisis.

I have spoken to many parents in Kildonan–St. Paul who tell me their young children are depressed and do not want to eat; seniors have been emotional with me on the phone, saying they do not want to spend their last few months or years on this earth locked in their small apartments away from their grandchildren; and business owners have cried to me on the phone as their small businesses fell apart with the shutdowns.

It seems that countries which more successfully procured vaccines have been able to prevent the level of death and hospitalizations and economic closures that Canada is experiencing. In this regard, Canadians are paying the price for Liberal mismanagement of the pandemic. 

After waiting over two years for the federal budget, the longest period in Canadian history, the Liberal’s Budget 2021 failed to provide Canadians with a real plan to secure Canada’s future.

Thursday, May. 6, 2021

As Canada waits for more vaccines during the third wave of COVID-19, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what’s at stake in this health and economic crisis.

I have spoken to many parents in Kildonan–St. Paul who tell me their young children are depressed and do not want to eat; seniors have been emotional with me on the phone, saying they do not want to spend their last few months or years on this earth locked in their small apartments away from their grandchildren; and business owners have cried to me on the phone as their small businesses fell apart with the shutdowns.

It seems that countries which more successfully procured vaccines have been able to prevent the level of death and hospitalizations and economic closures that Canada is experiencing. In this regard, Canadians are paying the price for Liberal mismanagement of the pandemic. 

After waiting over two years for the federal budget, the longest period in Canadian history, the Liberal’s Budget 2021 failed to provide Canadians with a real plan to secure Canada’s future.

Easter brings new hope during a difficult time

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Easter brings new hope during a difficult time

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP constituency report 5 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021

Easter weekend brought Christians in our community time for reflection and celebration to remember the new life and hope we have in Christ. This reflection came after a long and difficult year and I am grateful to the members of our community who stepped up to support our neighbours in need. I speak to my constituents every week and I know they have faced incredible challenges because of COVID-19 and the public health measures put in place to fight it. Kildonan–St. Paul families are doing their best, despite the circumstances but they need hope and a plan to secure the future. Under the leadership of Erin O’Toole, Canada’s Conservatives are working to secure the future and get Canadians back to work. In this letter to you, I wish to share our top five priorities as we continue to fight for all Canadians. • We believe that every Canadian deserves the security and dignity that comes with a secure, stable, and well-paid job. A comprehensive jobs plan to get Canadians back to work across the country will be a key focus for Conservatives in Parliament. • We are committed to implementing the toughest accountability and transparency laws in Canada’s history to ensure your federal government serves you with the integrity and honesty that you deserve. • We understand this past year has created a mental health crisis. It’s time to take mental health seriously and provide the support Canadians need.• As a country, we must never again be caught as unprepared as we were when COVID-19 hit last year. We will work to make our country more resilient, reduce our reliance on foreign countries like China, and take seriously our responsibility to protect the health of Canadians. • We also understand the importance of getting our economy back on track. We cannot pass unsustainable debt on to future generations. Once the recovery starts, we will need to focus the next decade on getting spending under control responsibly. Canadians need a safe, data-driven recovery plan to give them hope to make it through this crisis. That’s why Canada’s Conservatives continue to demand a plan from the Liberal government. I am honoured to be working hard for you in the House of Commons. Best wishes as we hope for a bright spring and a strong recovery. My office is always available to answer any questions you may have or to share your concerns: 204-984-6322 or Raquel.Dancho@parl.gc.ca  

Easter weekend brought Christians in our community time for reflection and celebration to remember the new life and hope we have in Christ. 

This reflection came after a long and difficult year and I am grateful to the members of our community who stepped up to support our neighbours in need. I speak to my constituents every week and I know they have faced incredible challenges because of COVID-19 and the public health measures put in place to fight it. 

Kildonan–St. Paul families are doing their best, despite the circumstances but they need hope and a plan to secure the future. Under the leadership of Erin O’Toole, Canada’s Conservatives are working to secure the future and get Canadians back to work. In this letter to you, I wish to share our top five priorities as we continue to fight for all Canadians. 

Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021

Easter weekend brought Christians in our community time for reflection and celebration to remember the new life and hope we have in Christ. This reflection came after a long and difficult year and I am grateful to the members of our community who stepped up to support our neighbours in need. I speak to my constituents every week and I know they have faced incredible challenges because of COVID-19 and the public health measures put in place to fight it. Kildonan–St. Paul families are doing their best, despite the circumstances but they need hope and a plan to secure the future. Under the leadership of Erin O’Toole, Canada’s Conservatives are working to secure the future and get Canadians back to work. In this letter to you, I wish to share our top five priorities as we continue to fight for all Canadians. • We believe that every Canadian deserves the security and dignity that comes with a secure, stable, and well-paid job. A comprehensive jobs plan to get Canadians back to work across the country will be a key focus for Conservatives in Parliament. • We are committed to implementing the toughest accountability and transparency laws in Canada’s history to ensure your federal government serves you with the integrity and honesty that you deserve. • We understand this past year has created a mental health crisis. It’s time to take mental health seriously and provide the support Canadians need.• As a country, we must never again be caught as unprepared as we were when COVID-19 hit last year. We will work to make our country more resilient, reduce our reliance on foreign countries like China, and take seriously our responsibility to protect the health of Canadians. • We also understand the importance of getting our economy back on track. We cannot pass unsustainable debt on to future generations. Once the recovery starts, we will need to focus the next decade on getting spending under control responsibly. Canadians need a safe, data-driven recovery plan to give them hope to make it through this crisis. That’s why Canada’s Conservatives continue to demand a plan from the Liberal government. I am honoured to be working hard for you in the House of Commons. Best wishes as we hope for a bright spring and a strong recovery. My office is always available to answer any questions you may have or to share your concerns: 204-984-6322 or Raquel.Dancho@parl.gc.ca  

Easter weekend brought Christians in our community time for reflection and celebration to remember the new life and hope we have in Christ. 

This reflection came after a long and difficult year and I am grateful to the members of our community who stepped up to support our neighbours in need. I speak to my constituents every week and I know they have faced incredible challenges because of COVID-19 and the public health measures put in place to fight it. 

Kildonan–St. Paul families are doing their best, despite the circumstances but they need hope and a plan to secure the future. Under the leadership of Erin O’Toole, Canada’s Conservatives are working to secure the future and get Canadians back to work. In this letter to you, I wish to share our top five priorities as we continue to fight for all Canadians. 

We will meet our challenges together

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We will meet our challenges together

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP Constituency Report 5 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

 

This past year has been very challenging. I have spoken to many of you personally about the difficulties you have faced. Whether you’re a senior suffering from extreme loneliness, a parent homeschooling your children while working remotely, or a small business owner who had to close your doors permanently, the pandemic has changed all of our lives. Fears for the health and safety of our most vulnerable remain a major concern in our community and some of our neighbours are grieving the tragic loss of loved ones. We know that 96 per cent of COVID-19 deaths have been those 60 years and older, and yet Canada is behind 50 other countries for vaccinations by population. The Liberal government’s record on getting vaccines distributed to the provinces is unacceptable - our seniors deserve better. Thankfully, the Province of Manitoba has announced that as of March 1, seniors 92 years and older, and First Nations people 72 years of age and older can now book appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.This is the beginning of a vaccination campaign to inoculate hundreds of thousands of Manitobans who wish to receive the vaccine, and an important step towards seeing our friends and family, attending sports games, and enjoying community events once again. However, there are many critical issues facing Canadians in addition to the federal government’s slow vaccine rollout. With $400 billion of pandemic deficit spending at the federal level, and millions of people losing their jobs, many of you have expressed concerns about what this incredible debt burden and troubled economy means for your future. As we hit the one-year anniversary since pandemic measures began, one thing that unites everyone is we want our lives back. Canada’s Conservatives are focusing our attention on securing the future. Unfortunately, although Canada has spent the most on emergency measures, we are lagging behind our G7 allies in our recovery. We need to get our economy back on track safely and we need a plan to get us there. As the newly appointed shadow minister for future workforce development and disability inclusion for Canada’s official Opposition, my focus is on jobs recovery. I want to ensure Canadians don’t just survive the pandemic but thrive afterward. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with me on how Canada can recover from this crisis. My office can be reached at 204-984-6322. We will get through this together. 

This past year has been very challenging. I have spoken to many of you personally about the difficulties you have faced. Whether you’re a senior suffering from extreme loneliness, a parent homeschooling your children while working remotely, or a small business owner who had to close your doors permanently, the pandemic has changed all of our lives. 

Fears for the health and safety of our most vulnerable remain a major concern in our community and some of our neighbours are grieving the tragic loss of loved ones. We know that 96 per cent of COVID-19 deaths have been those 60 years and older, and yet Canada is behind 50 other countries for vaccinations by population. The Liberal government’s record on getting vaccines distributed to the provinces is unacceptable - our seniors deserve better. 

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

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Kildonan-St.Paul MP Raquel Dancho speaks in the House of Commons.

Canadians deserve clarity on vaccine delivery

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Canadians deserve clarity on vaccine delivery

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP Constituency Report 4 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

 

As we near March 12, the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case  in Manitoba, my thoughts are with the families of the over 800 Manitobans who have died of COVID-19. I am also thinking of those in our community who are struggling with the loss of a loved one during this pandemic from other causes, as the pandemic has affected how we are able to gather and comfort one another over the past year - it has not been easy. Last week, Manitoba reached a welcome milestone - all residents of licensed personal care homes who wished to be vaccinated for COVID-19 have received their first doses of the vaccine. The vaccination effort is a complex undertaking and I want to thank our front-line health care workers and support staff in personal care homes who are caring for our elderly during the pandemic. Vaccines are an important tool to help us get back to normal and protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19. I have heard from many of you who are increasingly frustrated by the delays in vaccine delivery and by the continued restrictions. Originally, lockdowns and restrictions were put in place to provide governments time to get permanent solutions in place, such as vaccines, rapid testing, variant testing capacity and therapeutics. A year into this pandemic, the federal Liberal government should be providing clarity and hope to Canadians as to when and how we will return to normal. For example, what percentage of Canada’s population must be vaccinated before we open up? Canadians deserve these answers.Further, Canada has seen dramatic reductions in vaccine shipments, while countries such as France, the U.S. and the U.K. have not. Every day without more vaccines is a day of more restrictions, uncertainty, and deaths from COVID-19. While it is welcome news that Canada will finally be moving forward on making vaccines domestically, it is clear that the Liberal government was late in ramping up Canada’s domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity.  Canada’s Conservatives want our government to succeed in getting COVID-19 vaccines to all Canadians that want one. We cannot secure jobs, our economy, or our future until this happens. We are calling on the Liberals to give Canadians a clear plan and the information they deserve. I will continue to press for clarity on these important issues. 

As we near March 12, the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case  in Manitoba, my thoughts are with the families of the over 800 Manitobans who have died of COVID-19. 

I am also thinking of those in our community who are struggling with the loss of a loved one during this pandemic from other causes, as the pandemic has affected how we are able to gather and comfort one another over the past year - it has not been easy. 

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

 

As we near March 12, the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case  in Manitoba, my thoughts are with the families of the over 800 Manitobans who have died of COVID-19. I am also thinking of those in our community who are struggling with the loss of a loved one during this pandemic from other causes, as the pandemic has affected how we are able to gather and comfort one another over the past year - it has not been easy. Last week, Manitoba reached a welcome milestone - all residents of licensed personal care homes who wished to be vaccinated for COVID-19 have received their first doses of the vaccine. The vaccination effort is a complex undertaking and I want to thank our front-line health care workers and support staff in personal care homes who are caring for our elderly during the pandemic. Vaccines are an important tool to help us get back to normal and protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19. I have heard from many of you who are increasingly frustrated by the delays in vaccine delivery and by the continued restrictions. Originally, lockdowns and restrictions were put in place to provide governments time to get permanent solutions in place, such as vaccines, rapid testing, variant testing capacity and therapeutics. A year into this pandemic, the federal Liberal government should be providing clarity and hope to Canadians as to when and how we will return to normal. For example, what percentage of Canada’s population must be vaccinated before we open up? Canadians deserve these answers.Further, Canada has seen dramatic reductions in vaccine shipments, while countries such as France, the U.S. and the U.K. have not. Every day without more vaccines is a day of more restrictions, uncertainty, and deaths from COVID-19. While it is welcome news that Canada will finally be moving forward on making vaccines domestically, it is clear that the Liberal government was late in ramping up Canada’s domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity.  Canada’s Conservatives want our government to succeed in getting COVID-19 vaccines to all Canadians that want one. We cannot secure jobs, our economy, or our future until this happens. We are calling on the Liberals to give Canadians a clear plan and the information they deserve. I will continue to press for clarity on these important issues. 

As we near March 12, the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case  in Manitoba, my thoughts are with the families of the over 800 Manitobans who have died of COVID-19. 

I am also thinking of those in our community who are struggling with the loss of a loved one during this pandemic from other causes, as the pandemic has affected how we are able to gather and comfort one another over the past year - it has not been easy. 

We got through 2020 by supporting each other

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We got through 2020 by supporting each other

Raquel Dancho - MP for Kildonan-St. Paul 2 minute read Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

We have just left a very difficult year behind us. The COVID-19 pandemic upended many of our lives.

We had to rethink the holidays, Christmas and New Year’s traditions. We’ve been unable to gather with loved ones or visit our favourite stores, restaurants, and entertainment spots. Many small businesses in Manitoba are struggling or have closed their doors forever, impacting thousands of people who had good, stable jobs.

After hundreds of phone conversations with many of you over the past few months, I know that worry and anxiety are touching families in every part of our community.

However, through the challenges, the community has shown how resilient we are. Countless local charitable groups, places of worship, seniors’ centres, private citizens and small businesses have stepped up and adapted to the pandemic to help out our neighbours in need.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

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Kildonan-St. Paul MP Raquel Dancho holds gift cards purchased from local small businesses that she contributed to the Community HUB Christmas Countdown Gift Card Giveaways.

Help support those in need in our community

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Help support those in need in our community

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP Constituency Report 5 minute read Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

 

This year, the holiday season will look quite different. As we prepare to celebrate safely at home, I encourage everyone to love thy neighbour and support those in need in our community.  Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with incredible local organizations that provide physical, spiritual and mental health supports to our community’s most vulnerable.  Harvest Manitoba, formerly Winnipeg Harvest, will prepare thousands of hampers to be distributed across Manitoba. Harvest has seen a dramatic 30 per cent increase in the number of people needing food hampers since the pandemic economic lockdowns began. It quickly adapted its efforts and has been hard at work ensuring food hampers are delivered safely.  At a recent visit to Siloam Mission, I toured the newly opened Buhler Centre that supports those suffering from homelessness. This addition to the mission provides room for more beds, an expanded health centre, and more space for mental health, employment readiness and spiritual care supports. During Thanksgiving weekend in October, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Union Gospel Mission as it hosted a socially distanced Thanksgiving dinner for guests at the mission. As the colder months approach, Union Gospel Mission is sharing sleeping bags, winter coats and gloves, hand warmers, toques and boots, with those in need. I saw first-hand the dedication of staff and volunteers at Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre at Syd Glow Place, who have found innovative ways to continue engaging seniors facing extreme isolation because of the pandemic. They have created a meal program that delivers hundreds of hot meals to seniors in need in Winnipeg. They also shifted their programming online to help seniors stay connected. Two more incredible organizations I have had the privilege of touring and learning about, are the Knowles Centre and Marymound, which are located right in Kildonan-St. Paul. These organizations provide youth a safe place to live with 24-hour professional support that provides them with opportunities to overcome unfortunate challenges they have faced. The young people gain skills for independence and a sense of belonging, while taking part in the educational and therapy programs offered. I am proud to represent such a generous community in Kildonan-St. Paul. Together, we can help each other find strength and hope as we navigate this challenging time and do our part to support these organizations that are making a difference in our community. Merry Christmas and happy holidays. 

This year, the holiday season will look quite different. As we prepare to celebrate safely at home, I encourage everyone to love thy neighbour and support those in need in our community. 

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with incredible local organizations that provide physical, spiritual and mental health supports to our community’s most vulnerable. 

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

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Katarina Kliman (left), manager of donor and corporate relations at Siloam Mission, is pictured with Raquel Dancho, MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, and Siloam volunteers.

New ways to commemorate, remember veterans

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New ways to commemorate, remember veterans

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP Constituency Report 4 minute read Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

This year, Remembrance Day ceremonies looked quite different, A the ongoing pandemic meant we were not able to gather as a community to hold Remembrance Day ceremonies for the first time in 100 years.  However, I am proud that our community found creative ways to show support for our veterans and respect for the fallen; those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live free.We wear poppies as a symbol of remembrance, reverence and support. I was encouraged to see many constituents wearing their poppies out in the community, showing their support online and observing a moment of silence at home through the #DoorstepRemembrance campaign. We must never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans, and our brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces currently serving around the world. Unfortunately, the poppy campaign and legions across Canada have experienced revenue shortfalls during the pandemic and, as a result, revenues that support services for our veterans have been negatively impacted. I encourage everyone make to a generous donation to the Henderson Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 15 to support veterans in our community. It is important to find new ways to safely come together to fight isolation and strengthen community bonds. Over the past several weeks, I have had the special honour to meet virtually with various constituents and local faith-based organizations. In particular, I have met with several faith leaders who serve congregants across Kildonan-St. Paul. These meetings have allowed me to hear first-hand the challenges facing our community and our places of worship during the pandemic. I also recognize the critical role the faith community plays in serving Kildonan-St. Paul’s most vulnerable residents during this unprecedented time. I will continue to advocate for better support and recognition of the faith community in Kildonan-St. Paul.  At the end of last month, I was pleased to host a drive-through Halloween trick-or-treat celebration at my constituency office to hand out treats to kids and their parents on their way home from school. It was truly heartwarming to see the smiles on the faces of children excited to dress up for Halloween and I was pleased to provide a safe and fun activity on behalf of the parents and grandparents of Kildonan-St. Paul. Thank you to everyone who came out to participate; you made this event a success. 

This year, Remembrance Day ceremonies looked quite different, A the ongoing pandemic meant we were not able to gather as a community to hold Remembrance Day ceremonies for the first time in 100 years.  However, I am proud that our community found creative ways to show support for our veterans and respect for the fallen; those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live free.

We wear poppies as a symbol of remembrance, reverence and support. I was encouraged to see many constituents wearing their poppies out in the community, showing their support online and observing a moment of silence at home through the #DoorstepRemembrance campaign. We must never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans, and our brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces currently serving around the world. 

Unfortunately, the poppy campaign and legions across Canada have experienced revenue shortfalls during the pandemic and, as a result, revenues that support services for our veterans have been negatively impacted. I encourage everyone make to a generous donation to the Henderson Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 15 to support veterans in our community. 

Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic meant that no large Remembrance Day gatherings were held for the first time in 100 years.

Throne speech must take a prudent approach

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Throne speech must take a prudent approach

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP Constituency Report 5 minute read Friday, Sep. 18, 2020

If recent media reports are to be believed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are preparing to announce billion of dollars of new spending in the speech from the throne on Sept. 23. This is concerning to many taxpayers as the federal pandemic response has already added over $300 billion to our annual deficit, which is not sustainable without massive tax hikes and cuts to essential services. Further, some of the Liberal government’s pandemic support programs have been poorly designed, ineffective, and benefit their well-connected friends and families. The $912 million WE charity scandal is a good example of this. How are Canadians supposed to have confidence in the Prime Minister when he is being investigated for a third ethics violation and the WE charity scandal is still being investigated? Canadians deserve better. Erin O’Toole, the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, is ready to hold the Liberals to account for their mismanagement of the pandemic and their corruption scandals. I am especially honoured to be a part of Erin’s team and to serve as the new shadow Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship for the official Opposition. Part of my new role will be to hold the Liberal government to account on its immigration policy and to usher in a new chapter in the Conservative Party’s approach to immigration. We know Manitoba and Canada benefit economically from a strong, fair, and orderly immigration system. Canadians are also compassionate people who care about helping those in need of refuge and those seeking freedom, security and better economic opportunity in Canada. Kildonan-St. Paul has welcomed newcomers for generations, and I have seen first-hand the jobs created by small businesses owned by newcomer Canadians, as well as the childcare support that reunited families provide in the community.   As your federal representative, I want to hear from you. What are your thoughts on the Liberal’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What do you want to see from me and from our new Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole? Please email me at raquel.dancho@parl.gc.ca or call my constituency office at 204-984-6322. ☐ ☐ ☐I am still collecting core school supplies for students in need in our community. I encourage Kildonan-St. Paul residents to drop off new, unused school supplies at my constituency office located at Unit B-27 Red River Blvd. in Winnipeg, during business hours through Sept. 30.

If recent media reports are to be believed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are preparing to announce billion of dollars of new spending in the speech from the throne on Sept. 23. 

This is concerning to many taxpayers as the federal pandemic response has already added over $300 billion to our annual deficit, which is not sustainable without massive tax hikes and cuts to essential services. Further, some of the Liberal government’s pandemic support programs have been poorly designed, ineffective, and benefit their well-connected friends and families. The $912 million WE charity scandal is a good example of this. 

How are Canadians supposed to have confidence in the Prime Minister when he is being investigated for a third ethics violation and the WE charity scandal is still being investigated? Canadians deserve better. 

Friday, Sep. 18, 2020

If recent media reports are to be believed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are preparing to announce billion of dollars of new spending in the speech from the throne on Sept. 23. This is concerning to many taxpayers as the federal pandemic response has already added over $300 billion to our annual deficit, which is not sustainable without massive tax hikes and cuts to essential services. Further, some of the Liberal government’s pandemic support programs have been poorly designed, ineffective, and benefit their well-connected friends and families. The $912 million WE charity scandal is a good example of this. How are Canadians supposed to have confidence in the Prime Minister when he is being investigated for a third ethics violation and the WE charity scandal is still being investigated? Canadians deserve better. Erin O’Toole, the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, is ready to hold the Liberals to account for their mismanagement of the pandemic and their corruption scandals. I am especially honoured to be a part of Erin’s team and to serve as the new shadow Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship for the official Opposition. Part of my new role will be to hold the Liberal government to account on its immigration policy and to usher in a new chapter in the Conservative Party’s approach to immigration. We know Manitoba and Canada benefit economically from a strong, fair, and orderly immigration system. Canadians are also compassionate people who care about helping those in need of refuge and those seeking freedom, security and better economic opportunity in Canada. Kildonan-St. Paul has welcomed newcomers for generations, and I have seen first-hand the jobs created by small businesses owned by newcomer Canadians, as well as the childcare support that reunited families provide in the community.   As your federal representative, I want to hear from you. What are your thoughts on the Liberal’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What do you want to see from me and from our new Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole? Please email me at raquel.dancho@parl.gc.ca or call my constituency office at 204-984-6322. ☐ ☐ ☐I am still collecting core school supplies for students in need in our community. I encourage Kildonan-St. Paul residents to drop off new, unused school supplies at my constituency office located at Unit B-27 Red River Blvd. in Winnipeg, during business hours through Sept. 30.

If recent media reports are to be believed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are preparing to announce billion of dollars of new spending in the speech from the throne on Sept. 23. 

This is concerning to many taxpayers as the federal pandemic response has already added over $300 billion to our annual deficit, which is not sustainable without massive tax hikes and cuts to essential services. Further, some of the Liberal government’s pandemic support programs have been poorly designed, ineffective, and benefit their well-connected friends and families. The $912 million WE charity scandal is a good example of this. 

How are Canadians supposed to have confidence in the Prime Minister when he is being investigated for a third ethics violation and the WE charity scandal is still being investigated? Canadians deserve better. 

Proud to serve the community in hard times

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Proud to serve the community in hard times

Raquel Dancho - Kildonan-St. Paul MP Constituency Report 4 minute read Friday, Aug. 21, 2020

It has been a busy summer serving Kildonan–St. Paul residents as your member of Parliament. I have been out in the community meeting with local child-care centers, seniors’ homes, small businesses and my provincial and civic counterparts to hear first-hand how the pandemic has impacted our community. I have participated in “virtual” parliamentary committees on numerous occasions and travelled to Ottawa three times over the spring and early summer to advocate on your behalf on the floor of the House of Commons. Unfortunately, because the Liberals suspended Parliament months ago, much of our Opposition powers to hold the Liberal government to account have been weakened.  Nevertheless, Conservatives are not ones to give up easily, and I have worked tirelessly over these past five difficult months to make important changes to Liberal programs that were needed by our community. Some of those changes include help for small businesses to keep their doors open and support their employees, and support for those who struggled to access the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. No leadership from the prime minister creates a lack of confidence for businesses to invest and create jobs in Canada, and for employees and all Canadians to make plans for their financial futures. Prime Minister Trudeau recently prorogued Parliament until Sept. 23, which is very bad news for our democracy as it makes it nearly impossible for Opposition members to provide proper scrutiny on the $300-plus billion of spending over the past five months, and we are now seeing many problems with government programs come to light. Scrutiny is needed more than ever.   Despite an unstable and scandal-plagued Liberal government, I will continue to be steadfast in my resolve to strongly advocate for your needs as your member of Parliament. If you have any questions or need assistance with accessing federal programs, please do not hesitate to contact me at Raquel.Dancho@parl.gc.ca or 204-984-6322.  I will be facilitating a Back-2-School supply initiative to provide backpacks filled with the core school supplies to students in need in our community. I encourage all Kildonan-St. Paul residents to drop off new, unused school supplies at my constituency office located at Unit B-27 Red River Blvd. in Winnipeg, during business hours through to Mon., Sept. 14.It has been a busy summer serving Kildonan–St. Paul residents as your member of Parliament. I have been out in the community meeting with local child-care centers, seniors’ homes, small businesses and my provincial and civic counterparts to hear first-hand how the pandemic has impacted our community. 

I have participated in “virtual” parliamentary committees on numerous occasions and travelled to Ottawa three times over the spring and early summer to advocate on your behalf on the floor of the House of Commons. Unfortunately, because the Liberals suspended Parliament months ago, much of our Opposition powers to hold the Liberal government to account have been weakened.  

Nevertheless, Conservatives are not ones to give up easily, and I have worked tirelessly over these past five difficult months to make important changes to Liberal programs that were needed by our community. Some of those changes include help for small businesses to keep their doors open and support their employees, and support for those who struggled to access the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

No leadership from the prime minister creates a lack of confidence for businesses to invest and create jobs in Canada, and for employees and all Canadians to make plans for their financial futures. Prime Minister Trudeau recently prorogued Parliament until Sept. 23, which is very bad news for our democracy as it makes it nearly impossible for Opposition members to provide proper scrutiny on the $300-plus billion of spending over the past five months, and we are now seeing many problems with government programs come to light. Scrutiny is needed more than ever.  

Friday, Aug. 21, 2020

It has been a busy summer serving Kildonan–St. Paul residents as your member of Parliament. I have been out in the community meeting with local child-care centers, seniors’ homes, small businesses and my provincial and civic counterparts to hear first-hand how the pandemic has impacted our community. I have participated in “virtual” parliamentary committees on numerous occasions and travelled to Ottawa three times over the spring and early summer to advocate on your behalf on the floor of the House of Commons. Unfortunately, because the Liberals suspended Parliament months ago, much of our Opposition powers to hold the Liberal government to account have been weakened.  Nevertheless, Conservatives are not ones to give up easily, and I have worked tirelessly over these past five difficult months to make important changes to Liberal programs that were needed by our community. Some of those changes include help for small businesses to keep their doors open and support their employees, and support for those who struggled to access the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. No leadership from the prime minister creates a lack of confidence for businesses to invest and create jobs in Canada, and for employees and all Canadians to make plans for their financial futures. Prime Minister Trudeau recently prorogued Parliament until Sept. 23, which is very bad news for our democracy as it makes it nearly impossible for Opposition members to provide proper scrutiny on the $300-plus billion of spending over the past five months, and we are now seeing many problems with government programs come to light. Scrutiny is needed more than ever.   Despite an unstable and scandal-plagued Liberal government, I will continue to be steadfast in my resolve to strongly advocate for your needs as your member of Parliament. If you have any questions or need assistance with accessing federal programs, please do not hesitate to contact me at Raquel.Dancho@parl.gc.ca or 204-984-6322.  I will be facilitating a Back-2-School supply initiative to provide backpacks filled with the core school supplies to students in need in our community. I encourage all Kildonan-St. Paul residents to drop off new, unused school supplies at my constituency office located at Unit B-27 Red River Blvd. in Winnipeg, during business hours through to Mon., Sept. 14.It has been a busy summer serving Kildonan–St. Paul residents as your member of Parliament. I have been out in the community meeting with local child-care centers, seniors’ homes, small businesses and my provincial and civic counterparts to hear first-hand how the pandemic has impacted our community. 

I have participated in “virtual” parliamentary committees on numerous occasions and travelled to Ottawa three times over the spring and early summer to advocate on your behalf on the floor of the House of Commons. Unfortunately, because the Liberals suspended Parliament months ago, much of our Opposition powers to hold the Liberal government to account have been weakened.  

Nevertheless, Conservatives are not ones to give up easily, and I have worked tirelessly over these past five difficult months to make important changes to Liberal programs that were needed by our community. Some of those changes include help for small businesses to keep their doors open and support their employees, and support for those who struggled to access the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

No leadership from the prime minister creates a lack of confidence for businesses to invest and create jobs in Canada, and for employees and all Canadians to make plans for their financial futures. Prime Minister Trudeau recently prorogued Parliament until Sept. 23, which is very bad news for our democracy as it makes it nearly impossible for Opposition members to provide proper scrutiny on the $300-plus billion of spending over the past five months, and we are now seeing many problems with government programs come to light. Scrutiny is needed more than ever.  

It’s time to celebrate our resilience

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It’s time to celebrate our resilience

Raquel Dancho 3 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020

Like many other events in our community, Canada Day celebrations have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The past few months have been difficult for everyone. Thankfully, people from all walks of life have stepped up to the challenge in a true sprit of Canadian resilience and innovation to help us through the first wave.  

Health-care workers, grocery store clerks, first responders and many others have demonstrated through their service what it means to love thy neighbour. Churches, gurdwaras, synagogues, care homes, schools, and hundreds of small businesses in Kildonan-St. Paul have, despite being forced to drastically change their daily routines, risen to the occasion in service to our community. This commitment to support our most vulnerable represents the very best of Canada and inspires so many newcomers from around the world to settle in our community.

This Canada Day is very special to me, as it is my first as your member of Parliament. I am honoured to represent you in the House of Commons during this unprecedented time in world history. I have spoken to parents, students, essential workers and hundreds of other constituents facing significant challenges to their emotional wellbeing and severe economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. I am working hard to deliver results for them and advocate for all residents.

Canada Day is also an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of Canada’s veterans and the heroes who gave their lives on the battlefield in service to our country. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces who continue to serve around the world deserve our heartfelt gratitude for their dedication and duty to Canada.

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2020

Like many other events in our community, Canada Day celebrations have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The past few months have been difficult for everyone. Thankfully, people from all walks of life have stepped up to the challenge in a true sprit of Canadian resilience and innovation to help us through the first wave.  

Health-care workers, grocery store clerks, first responders and many others have demonstrated through their service what it means to love thy neighbour. Churches, gurdwaras, synagogues, care homes, schools, and hundreds of small businesses in Kildonan-St. Paul have, despite being forced to drastically change their daily routines, risen to the occasion in service to our community. This commitment to support our most vulnerable represents the very best of Canada and inspires so many newcomers from around the world to settle in our community.

This Canada Day is very special to me, as it is my first as your member of Parliament. I am honoured to represent you in the House of Commons during this unprecedented time in world history. I have spoken to parents, students, essential workers and hundreds of other constituents facing significant challenges to their emotional wellbeing and severe economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. I am working hard to deliver results for them and advocate for all residents.

Canada Day is also an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of Canada’s veterans and the heroes who gave their lives on the battlefield in service to our country. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces who continue to serve around the world deserve our heartfelt gratitude for their dedication and duty to Canada.