Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Jati Sidhu.

Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Jati Sidhu.

MP thinks future is bright for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon

Jati Sidhu looks at the highs and lows of 2018, and ahead to 2019

Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, believes that the riding’s future is bright as his term enters its final year, and looks ahead to 2019 with optimism.

“Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon has had many reasons to celebrate this year, including major infrastructure announcements, such as the inland rail port in Ashcroft, the Fraser River Sanitary Crossing Siphon Project, the Highway 7 expansion, and others,” Sidhu says.

“However, the community has also faced hardship, with flooding once again in Cache Creek, and yet another devastating fire season. It is in these moments that the resilience of our communities is called upon, and time and time again, the people of this constituency rise to the task. The character of the people here humbles me and reminds me how fortunate I am to be their voice in Ottawa.”

Sidhu is aware that there are other challenges facing the riding, ones he intends to face head-on. One of his top priorities is the unacceptable rise in gang violence throughout the Fraser Valley.

“By working to fight the scourge of gang culture, we are ensuring that our families thrive, young people have a chance at the life they deserve, and communities prosper,” says Sidhu. “That’s why we’ve committed $327.6 million in funding to help support a variety of initiatives to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities. This plan will bring together federal, provincial, and territorial efforts to support community-level prevention and enforcement efforts, and invest in border security to intercept illicit goods including guns and drugs.”

In addition to this funding, Sidhu highlights the other investments that have benefited Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, including increases to the Old Age Security Benefit (OAS) that will ensure that a single senior receiving OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) with no other income may receive $1,728.84 more per year.

Further, the government has made significant investments to help seniors stay independent for longer and receive care in their homes whenever possible, and has made historic investments in dedicated funding for mental health and home care services totaling more than $11 billion over 10 years. It also offers the new Canada Caregiver Credit to make it easier for Canadians to take time off work to care for a sick or elderly relative.

Finally, in the summer of 2018 the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) was increased and indexed to keep up with the cost of living in Canada, two years faster than planned—meaning up to $6,500 per child under age 6 is now going to families. Since 2015, the CCB has helped to lift 300,000 children out of poverty.

“It’s been a great year, but there is still much to accomplish in 2019, including continuing to push for national pharmacare and a federal Seniors Strategy,” Sidhu says. “I promise to bring the same hard work and determination I see every day from the constituents of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon that I am fortunate enough to represent. I believe in our work, and I believe in our future.”



editorial@accjournal.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Ashcroft Hospital emergency department closed this weekend

Closure due to unexpected limited physician availabiliy, says Interior Health

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

Heidi Roy of the Cariboo Jade Shop in Cache Creek with the 3,000 jade boulder, which is now on secure display inside the shop. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Massive jade boulder returns to Cache Creek store six months after daring heist

The 3,000-pound boulder was stolen on Dec. 19, 2020 and found abandoned in the bush a week later

Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
Child sex crimes charges against Interior’s top doc won’t impact pandemic response: Dix

Dr. Albert de Villiers is charged with sexual assault and sexual interference

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

Most Read