PENTICTON – As businesses and the economy start re-opening, New Democrats are calling on the government to invest in building a universal child care and early learning system that delivers the help families need to go back to work.
It was a busy spring in the House of Commons. The hybrid online and in-person sittings allowed for lots of questions and on local issues important to the South Okanagan and West Kootenay. From tourism, forestry, wage subsidies, funding for irrigation canals, and ocean protection, here are some of the interventions I've made this past spring for our riding.
The pandemic has exposed the many gaps in income supports for Canadian workers, so it's not surprising that it has renewed conversations on all sides about the concept of a basic or minimum income. Here's my latest column on the subject:
COVID-19 & Support for Small Businesses - Fact Sheet
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant impact for everyone across the country. Many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. The NDP has been advocating for measures to support small businesses.
I was encouraged by the government's support plan for the oil and gas sector that was finally announced on Friday. In short, I had asked the Minister of Natural Resources to support workers and not throw money at large corporations. Here's my column on all that.