Working hard to represent Kildonan–St. Paul
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This article was published 14/01/2022 (501 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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
Kildonan-St. Paul constituency report
Raquel Dancho is the Conservative MP for Kildonan-St. Paul.