July 2021 News
Flash Back Friday | July 30, 2021
Here is a tour I had back in August of 2019 with Colin Carrie at a local greenhouse. Visiting and hearing from business owners in Essex County, our current economic agenda will kill jobs and stop Canada’s recovery before it even begins. It’s a future of out-of-control spending, multi-generational debt, and inflation.
As the pandemic improves, the finances of the country should be responsibly brought back under control. For the Liberals—backed by the NDP and Greens—the pandemic was a ‘political opportunity’ to go even further. We can’t afford to continue this trend.
Inflation Economy | July 30, 2021
Statistics Canada reported that Canada’s inflation rate was 3.1 per cent in June. The report also noted that shelter costs have increased by 4.4 per cent in the past year, and transportation costs went up by 5.6 per cent compared to June 2020.
The affordability crisis taking place under the government is unacceptable and we must stop them
Visiting Old Town Pharmacy in Amherstburg | July 29, 2021
This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with John from Old Town Pharmacy in Amherstburg. John made it a priority in his one-man operation to make his appointments and care for his clients, a personal matter.
With such a vast knowledge and deep roots in our community, it’s no surprise that he strives to help others through his business. Thank you for all of your dedication to your practice, and your passion for the community!
Meeting with Mayor DiCarlo | July 24, 2021
Had an excellent meeting with Mayor DiCarlo of Amherstburg earlier today. As a municipality with such a rich history, it’s no surprise that Amherstburg is anxious to return to normalcy. From The Blockhouse to the Kings Navy Yard Park, over 200 years of history rests in this town. It’s important that our towns receive the necessary help from the government to bolster and promote the uniqueness and the appeal of our communities. I will continue to work with municipal leaders to bring about positive change in Essex County.
Canada’s Inflation | July 24, 2021
Our country needs a new plan to get the economy growing again. We have had too many years of slow growth. We also need to ensure that stimulus measures are targeted and time-limited to avoid creating a structural deficit. We need to secure funding to pay for the government services that Canadians rely on. Can Essex County families continue to afford the increases in the cost of living? Or is enough, enough?
Sheila Gunn Reid shared information about a petition to the Government submitted by Veso Soboto, an Ontario businessman, and sponsored by Chris Lewis MP. The petition is calling on the Trudeau government to reverse course and end its war on plastic after the pandemic demonstrated just how important it is to our everyday lives.
Secure Mental health | July 22, 2021
The last year has made clear the mental health crisis we face. It’s time to make it clear that mental health is health, and to treat it properly. When we form government, I will support:
1. Boosting funding to the provinces for mental health care.
2. Providing incentives to employers to provide mental health coverage to employees.
3. Creating a nation-wide, three-digit suicide prevention hotline.
Troubling Investment by CPP Investment Board | July 21, 2021
“Securing Canada’s future means making difficult decisions, and standing up for what’s right on the world stage. This is not the type of investment that Canadians expect when CPP is taking a bite out of their paycheque.” Do you think this is right?
Last month, the Liberal government tried to cancel the implementation of a Conservative private Members bill passed by Parliament that would lower taxes on small business owners and farmers who pass their family business on to a family member.
Meeting with LaSalle Mayor, Marc Bondy | July 20, 2021
Fantastic meeting with Marc Bondy, Mayor of the Town of LaSalle yesterday morning, in Town of LaSalle. Excellent discussion on opportunities to bring tourism and economic development to the community. Mayor Bondy, along with LaSalle Council and Administration have a great vision for the Town of LaSalle and I will continue to support their endeavours at the Federal level.
Meeting with the Mayor of Lakeshore, Tom Bain | July 20, 2021
Yesterday, I had a great time meeting with Mayor Tom Bain of the Town of Lakeshore Flooding continues to be a serious issue in Lakeshore. Mayor Bain and I had important discussion about opportunities to address this serious problem. Many residents have difficulty getting flooding insurance. I will continue to advocate on your behalf for a resolution.
Chatting with Students | July 15, 2021
I dropped into the Summer Intern class to say hi to my colleague and guest speaker, James Cumming MP. I took a moment to encourage these college and university students in their service in the offices of the MPs and the ridings they represent. I am so very proud of them for their decision to learn more and be involved. The future of our country is dependent on these generations to carry the banner of the True North Strong and Free.
Troy Loop and I had a great discussion about how Jack’s Gastropub navigated through this pandemic. His business, and many others in the hospitality industry, have been some of the hardest hit financially due to COVID-19 and the fallout from government measures.
We spoke about the many barriers that exist for countless individuals to receive any financial assistance. Working arm in arm with small businesses is the key to ensuring that our region emerges from this pandemic stronger than ever!
Between the incredible food and the exceptional service, Edna’s Restaurant sets the bar for the food industry very high! For over 70 years, the Demiraj family has created a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for the Belle River community.
Over the weekend, as Cuba grapples with rising COVID-19 cases and the worst economic crisis since the 1990s, thousands of Cubans took to the streets advocating for democratic freedoms and necessities like food, water, and medicine.
The Chop Shop in Kingsville | July 13, 2021
I’m looking back to Saturday when it was still sunny and I dropped by The Chop Shop in the Town of Kingsville to prep for a barbecue. Thank you to Ty and his amazing team. I can’t wait for another day of barbecuing weather. Shop local!!!
I highly encourage you to sign this petition which I am honoured to sponsor. The petition calls on the Health Committee to study measures to promote youth mental health in Canada and to establish safeguards for youth development amidst COVID-19.
Junior has had to stay at the hospital for over a month now recovering from his knee surgery. With a wedding around the corner he feared he might have to delay it. However, with the help of local business, hospital staff and the excitement of fresh love, he and Christine chose to get married at the hospital rather than wait.
Dinner at Vernon’s | July 8, 2021
Dinner out. In spite of the dreary weather, yesterday, it was good to get out and enjoy great food on the patio at Vernon’s Tap & Grill in Kingsville!
Surprise Meeting | July 7, 2021
It never ceases to amaze and bless me who can show up knocking at my constituency office front door. I had the incredible opportunity to meet with Dolph this afternoon, a wonderful visit with a truly remarkable gentleman. Dolph has such an amazing life story; his experiences blew my mind, and he can make a moose call like nobody’s business. Thank you so much for stopping in, Dolph, and for adding so much character to Essex County.
Today I had the privilege of meeting with CEO Kristen Kennedy and CFO Nolan Goyette of Erie Shores HealthCare. They took the time to highlight the incredible work they have done for our community and allowed me to witness firsthand, the day-to-day functions of the facility.
Mary Simon to be Governor General | July 7, 2021
I would like to take a moment to congratulate Inuit Leader, Mary Simon, on her appointment as Canada’s 30th Governor General. Mary Simon is the first Indigenous person in this country to be named Governor General. She brings a breadth of experience to this role. The hope is that her appointment will, in her own words, be “an important step forward on the long path towards reconciliation.