Randall Garrison

Childcare, transportation, anti terror bill issues top Sooke MP’s agenda

Randall Garrison said he will be raising issues that come out of Sooke in particular, such as lack of childcare and transportation.

Between introducing a bill to disassemble the controversial anti-terror Bill C-51 and carrying Sooke’s voices to Ottawa, NDP MP Randall Garrison has kept busy since last fall’s federal election.

The MP, who serves the Sooke-Esquimalt-Saanich constituency, said he’s received lots of response from constituents.

“First Nations leaders are quite concerned that legitimate dissent in defence of their treaty rights is captured by Bill C-51, and I believe they are correct,” Garrison said, adding that it needs to be repealed.

On a less national scale, Garrison said he will also be raising issues that come out of Sooke in particular, such as lack of childcare and transportation.

“I hear that repeatedly from many people in Sooke because that’s where young families can afford to live, but it doesn’t have the healthcare to accompany it, and then they end up to have to commute on Sooke Road,” he said, adding that insufficient funds hasn’t helped the matter.

“We’ve been asking the Liberals about what happened to their promises for better funding for transit, because they’re short for what they promised they would do,” Garrison said.

Under Garrison’s radar is also CFB Esquimalt, after receiving a report based from both an internal audit and the auditor general identifying “very serious” workplace problems because of the failure to keep up with maintenance and repair on military bases.

“We have a number of buildings more than 50 years old that have asbestos in them, and we all know asbestos has been a proven threat to those who have to work in those buildings,” he said.

Garrison noted that he’ll be asking the Department of National Defence what the plan is to protect the health of the people working on the base.

 

Just Posted

Sooke council green lights funds for sculpture

A local group is chipping away at raising funds to build a… Continue reading

Get ready for the 39th annual Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Up to 9,000 particpants are anticipated for this year’s three-day race weekend

Impaired driver crashes into Victoria police vehicle, injures officer

Cook Street collision occured in the early morning hours of Tuesday

SOOKE HISTORY: Fishing evolves at foot of Maple Ave.

Fishboat activity at the foot of Maple Avenue has varied greatly over… Continue reading

Plaque that replaced Macdonald statue at Victoria city hall vandalized

Less than 24 hours after plaque was installed, an ‘X’ had been scratched through the centre

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

RCMP to search for body after man drowns in B.C.’s Buntzen Lake

Officers and fire crews responded but the man from the Lower Mainland is believed to have drowned.

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Vehicle catches fire near Vancouver Island provincial park

Fire shut down Highway 4 in both directions

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Most Read