Canadian Federation of University Women fireside chat in Parksville-Qualicum Branch

Today is International Women’s Day which gives focus to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women. Thanks to the Canadian Federation of University Women (Parksville-Qualicum Branch) Vice President Christine Pagan for welcoming Jagmeet Singh and I for a “fireside chat” in Parksville on Wednesday. It was an opportunity to hear from women in our riding on issues of concern. Jagmeet talked to the gathering about NDP priorities and responded to questions about the rollout of pharmacare and other health benefits the NDP has forced the government to establish; guaranteed living wage; clean water in Indigenous communities; the toxic drug crisis; carbon capture; homelessness; and, the NDP’s motion to end the horrors in Gaza. Thanks to all those women who took time to attend this gathering and for the important issues that they raised with Jagmeet and I.

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Thanks to volunteers who joined me for a National Dental Care Day of Action on Saturday! And thanks especially to the residents of Parksville and Courtenay who greeted us so warmly on their doorstep. Our dental care program is the first major change to Canada's universal health care system in sixty years and such an important benefit for so many. Millions of Canadians have already enrolled and millions more are eligible so it’s important that we get the word out. Please contact my team if you have questions or are having difficulty with the enrolment process: 1-844-620-9924

Tour of Union Bay Hall

Thanks to Rick Weaver and Tammy Mercer, President of Fanny Bay Community Association for a tour of the iconic Union Bay Hall to have a look at the improvements funded by the federal New Horizons grant. This included new interior lighting and a new roof for the hall along with an interior sign, complete with a much appreciated shout-out for my work. They also told me about work on their water pump shed and planning for a new playground. Tammy told us about improvements to the Fanny Bay Community Hall as well, including new floors, foundation work and a new playground. These wonderful community facilities have hosted so many events over generations and are worth the investment.

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