Where have the last two years gone? We have just passed the halfway point in the life of the 42nd Parliament.
This Fall session has been eventful! The NDP elected a new federal leader of the NDP. I travelled to Atlantic Canada with the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. And just this week the auditor general released his report outlining serious concerns with the delivery of federal government services.
In the riding, I had the pleasure of hosting community pop-up offices in Creston, Revelstoke, Golden and Invermere. I visited Kaslo to mark the 75th anniversary of Japanese Canadian Internment. I spoke at a public information meeting on NAFTA, which resulted in this letterI wrote to the Minister of Foreign Affairs bringing forward my constituents' concerns. I also attended the Fernie memorial service held for the three men killed by an ammonia leak. On November 11th I attended Creston's Remembrance Day ceremony.
It has been an honour to serve you as your Member of Parliament these first two years and I look forward to continuing to work hard for the residents of Kootenay-Columbia for the next two!
IN THE HOUSE: Fernie Statement and Law Enforcement Officers
In October I made a statement in the House of Commons about the tragic deaths of workers in Fernie, and about the need to replace ammonia refrigeration systems with safer alternatives.
I called on the government to coordinate an effort to replace ammonia refrigeration systems in public rinks with safer CO2 systems.
I continue to show my support in the House of Commons for RCMP officers, Border Security Officers, prison guards, and Parliament Hill security officers. I have been shining a light on the bad faith negotiations by the federal government with these groups.
IN THE RIDING: CIU Flag Presentation
I was honoured when representatives of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) presented their flag to me earlier this month in Cranbrook.
I have repeatedly spoken on behalf of Border Services Officers in the House of Commons. The officers have been without a contract for more than three years!
2017 AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT: Canada Revenue Agency
In his 2017 Fall Reports, the Auditor General of Canada, Michael Ferguson, presented the results of 6 audits completed by his Office since last summer.
Report 2 focused on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The report revealed the agency blocks over half the calls it receives from Canadian taxpayers. Even more shocking is the news that when callers reach a live person at CRA, over 30 per cent of the information they are given is wrong. This is outrageous and unacceptable.
As I work in Ottawa to hold the government accountable for this failing level of service delivery, my staff in Cranbrook and Nelson are here to help you. Constituents struggling with the CRA are encouraged to contact my offices.
See more of what I had to say about the Auditor General's report here.