MP's Report - Gary Anandasangaree

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the unwavering resilience and close-knit nature of the West Rouge community.  Be it the heartwarming birthday car parades, local restaurants generously providing meals to front line workers, or encouraging chalk messages of hope written on sidewalks and driveways across the neighbourhood, West Rouge residents continue to go above and beyond to support each other, and those in need.

Federal Response to COVID-19

Canadians have endured numerous, unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19. From small business owners to non-profit organizations, students to seniors, this pandemic has been a unique and life-changing experience for everyone.

Despite the obstacles, the kindness and compassion Canadians have shown one another is unmistakable. Our efforts have required great sacrifice, but we will continue to get through this together.

Like all once-in-a-generation challenges, Canada’s response to COVID-19 required bold and immediate action. Our government delivered the most comprehensive economic response plan in Canadian history to help protect individuals and businesses across the country. This included the Canada Emergency Response Benefit which supported Canadians who lost their jobs due to COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy which allowed businesses to rehire over a million Canadians, the Canada Emergency Business Account which has provided crucial relief to thousands of small businesses, and top ups for individuals receiving OAS, GIS, GST and the CCB.

This July, our government announced our plans to continue supporting Canadians and safely restart our economy over the next six months. The $19 billion Safe Restart Agreement will invest in a number of targeted support measures, including the procurement of personal protective equipment, increased testing and contact tracing, assisting municipalities with the delivery of key services, funding health care systems, providing additional support for vulnerable Canadians, creating child care spaces, and ensuring those without paid sick leave can take time off when necessary.

 

Long Term Care

Like all of you, I was deeply disturbed to read the concerns raised by members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were deployed to long-term care homes across Ontario-- including the Altamont Care Community here in West Rouge.

The egregious mistreatment of residents, abhorrent conditions of facilities, and alarming pattern of neglect in long-term care facilities has become increasingly evident and requires urgent action. We cannot allow such gross negligence to continue.

After learning this horrifying news, I wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford requesting immediate action, including the implementation of enhanced standards of care for long-term care facilities in Canada. There is no excuse for jeopardizing the health and safety of Canadians. We simply must do better.

Back to School 

 

Many parents have contacted me about the tough conversations they have had regarding their children’s return to school. As a parent, I know that this is a deeply personal and difficult decision. While teachers and principals have done an incredible job in preparation for the challenging year ahead, we cannot afford to take any risks. The Government of Canada’s $2 billion Safe Return to Class Fund will help support school safety, and as your Member of Parliament, I will continue working with parents, teachers, principals, and fellow elected officials to ensure that the safety of students, teachers, and staff  remains our top priority.

Finally, as we approach the end of the year, let us remind ourselves of the lessons learned throughout this pandemic. The value of spending time with family, the importance of being there for our neighbours, the simple joy of a walk along the Waterfront Trail or in the Rouge National Urban Park, and the ability we all have to help shape a better tomorrow through simple acts of kindness.

As always, I encourage you to call me anytime at 416-283-1414 or send an email to gary.anand@parl.gc.ca. My team is eager to listen to your ideas and work with you to continue building a better community and country for everyone.

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