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This article was published 11/12/2020 (901 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Many Manitobans have done their part throughout the COVID-19 pandemic whether by wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizing and washing hands, or foregoing seeing loved ones for collective health. We have all  made immense sacrifices in our lives. I thank the constituents of Fort Garry and folks across Manitoba for doing their part in helping curve the spread of COVID-19.

Many families have experienced immense tragedy as a result of the pandemic. For everyone experiencing difficulty during this challenging time in Fort Garry and across Manitoba — my thoughts are with you. The upcoming holiday season will be more challenging this year for all Manitobans, and especially difficult for some Manitoba families who are face social and economic additional barriers. No matter what your situation is, I want to wish you a healthy and safe holiday season.

Many Manitoba small businesses have been passed down through generations, or individuals have worked a lifetime to bring a business to fruition. The Pallister government has shown that they would rather make things easier for large corporations over made-in-Manitoba businesses. It is shameful for the Pallister government to completely fail small businesses by not developing any sort of meaningful and comprehensive support since the pandemic began.

Now and always, we need to support Manitoba small businesses. There are many great local restaurants, hardware stores, artisans, clothing shops, and so much more we can support here in Fort Garry.

I encourage you to support your favorite local establishments during this period, and for years to come. Recently, my office developed posters highlighting local businesses in our area, and you can find them on my Facebook or Twitter pages. If you notice a missing business, please let my office know so that it can be added.

While we are unable to gather in person, we can still find ways to build community and support our neighbours. One suggestion is to invest our dollars back into our local economy. In Fort Garry, we are privileged to have many hard-working local business owners who offer a wide variety of goods and services.

In Fort Garry, we have many folks from all walks of life living, working, and playing in the community. The pandemic has increased feelings of isolation, and this is no different for members of our community. I encourage you to reach out to your loved ones remotely, and check in on friends and neighbors whenever possible. I thank everyone in our community and across Manitoba for the sacrifices they have made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office should you need help with anything at 204-421-4241 or

Wishing you all a healthy and happy holiday season.

Mark Wasyliw

Mark Wasyliw
Fort Garry constituency report

Mark Wasyliw is the NDP MLA for Fort Garry.

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