September 1, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some unprecedented challenges and it’s clear that we are facing a once in a generation crisis. In Orléans, I witnessed how people stepped up, made hard choices, and strived to protect one another. Thanks to these efforts, the majority of our community is fully vaccinated and we are slowly starting to return to a more normal life.
I want to make sure that we can keep building on our progress in Orléans. That is why I am running for re-election as your Member of Parliament. I will continue to advocate for our community and diligently voice your ideas, concerns and priorities in the House of Commons.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck our community, I worked with all levels of government to ensure that Orléans individuals, families and businesses were not left behind. Right away, my team and I did our best to mitigate the crisis. We reached out to individuals who were stuck abroad to make sure they were looked after. Also, from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, our Government made sure people could still pay their bills, keep food on the table, and stay on their company’s payroll.
Since I became Member of Parliament for Orléans, we have made significant accomplishments. Notably, federal funding was secured for local infrastructure projects such as for the Orléans Petrie Island Canoe Club, Just Food Community Farm, and the Blackburn Lois Kemp arena. I supported local organizations, such as the MIFO and RAFO, in order to secure the perennity of our official languages. The scaled up Canada Summer Jobs Program helped 94 organizations create 624 jobs in Orléans in 2021. And, knowing the importance of transitioning towards greener energy, I was proud to announce the first rapid charging EV station in Orléans, the fastest in all of Ottawa, by the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex.
If I am reelected, in addition to being a strong local voice in the Liberal Caucus, I commit to working towards federal funding to rebuild the Petrie Island Interpretation Centre, to support MIFO’s new build, to work towards improving active transportation in our growing community and to building a pedestrian bridge over the 174 highway. I will also work towards expanding the pilot GCcoworking hub at Place d’Orléans by collaborating with our local public servants and the federal government.
I look forward to taking on this adventure again, and I am honoured to be your Liberal candidate in Orléans.