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Over the last two months, Canadians have experienced extraordinary challenges. As your member of Parliament, I have spoken with many individuals, families and small-business owners in Kildonan-St. Paul and have been hard at work advocating for your needs.
Everyone has felt the impact of the pandemic in one way or another, and the uncertainty of the future has left many of us with a significant sense of unease. The financial impact on many of our neighbours and local businesses has been extreme, and the health implications of the virus have isolated us from one another and impacted our overall well-being. COVID-19 has fundamentally altered our way of life and we will feel the impacts for years to come.
As Canada’s official Opposition, the Conservatives are working hard to navigate these unchartered waters, listen to the needs of Canadians, and push the government to ensure the best solutions and strategies are put forward and implemented effectively. The government has made missteps and spent over $200 billion in two months — a staggering amount of money at an extraordinary speed. There has been relatively little oversight or accountability on this spending and that has been very concerning for taxpayers.
I continue to hear from many small-business owners who are unsure if they will make it through this crisis. I have strongly advocated for local businesses who were unable to qualify for emergency support because of arbitrary red tape. We are beginning to see many of our favourite neighbourhood small businesses go bankrupt and close permanently. This is especially concerning for Manitoba as small business employs 73 per cent of private sector workers or 286,000 people across the province.
Additionally, I have advocated for supports and job opportunities for students and graduates who have been unable to find summer jobs. Seniors, expectant mothers and those struggling to transition from EI to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and many others facing challenges as a result of this pandemic, have been the top priority of my local constituency office. I am so glad we have been able to make real, positive change for Kildonan-St. Paul constituents.
We continue to assist constituents that require support or have questions on federal matters.
For safety, in-person meetings are by appointment only to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Please email or call my office at Raquel.Dancho@Parl.gc.ca or 204-984-6322. We are here to support you as we get through this pandemic together.
Kildonan-St. Paul constituency report
Raquel Dancho is the Conservative MP for Kildonan-St. Paul.