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This article was published 29/06/2021 (703 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

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.

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

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.

The pandemic has also shown us the importance of adequate sickness benefits. It is unreasonable to expect Canadians battling serious illnesses to fully recover in 15 weeks. I believe that a permanent extension of EI sickness benefits, the first since 1971, to 52 weeks would allow Canadians who are battling cancer, to have more time to recover and heal, while maintaining a connection to the job market.

Unfortunately, the Liberal government has not supported either of these important initiatives but, rest assured, I will continue to advocate relentlessly for you and your loved ones.

Thank you to the local residents who responded to my survey on large-scale medical cannabis grow-ops operating in residential neighbourhoods in Kildonan–St. Paul. The community spoke loud and clear to call for the closure of a loophole in Health Canada regulations that allows hundreds of plants to be grown in our neighbourhoods far in excess of what a patient could consume.

We know that medical cannabis can be grown safely, but the existence of this loophole has resulted in multi-million-dollar busts of illicit large-scale grow-ops in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario, and we cannot allow that criminal activity to take root in our community.

And if you need support accessing federal programs do not hesitate to contact my office at 204-984-6322 or at

Raquel Dancho

Raquel Dancho
Kildonan-St. Paul constituency report

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

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