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This article was published 21/8/2020 (344 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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.
Kildonan-St. Paul constituency report
Raquel Dancho is the Conservative MP for Kildonan-St. Paul.