MP Randall Garrison reflects on the past year

MP for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca admits 2012 was a busy year

In Ottawa, Thomas Mulcair continued to show Canadians that the NDP is ready to replace the Conservatives with a progressive government that respects democracy,  promotes our economy, protects our environment and much needed federal services, and restores our standing internationally.  The Conservatives continue to ram through legislation that cuts services and puts Canadians at risk:  cuts to EI recipients, forcing people to work till 67, reduced health transfers, destruction of habitat and navigable waters protection… the list goes on and on.

And the list of Conservative decisions that are contrary to our Canadian values continues. Two examples:  recently the Conservatives defeated private member’s Bill C-398 – the so called ‘Grandmother’s Bill’ that would have allowed significantly more drugs to be sent to developing countries to combat disease and help prevent deaths. C-398 was widely supported by international health agencies, even in the pharmaceutical research industry, but the Conservatives, in a mean-spirited, ideological decision, defeated it anyway.  Another example: a private member’s motion to institute a national anti-bullying campaign, also defeated by the Conservatives, thereby missing an opportunity to really reduce bullying.

As the NDP’s Public Safety critic, I continued to show how the Conservative’s supposed “tough on crime” agenda actually damages public safety while imposing high costs on taxpayers. In the area of Corrections the situation is becoming a crisis with over crowding and inadequate services for prisoners with mental illness leading to increasingly unsafe institutions for Corrections workers and inmates alike.   Ultimately this makes all of us less safe as an increasing number of offenders are completing their sentences without getting access to the rehabilitation programs that would help keep them from re-offending.

Conservatives have also put national security at risk with cutbacks to the budget for border security. In my other critic portfolio on LGBTQ issues, I have continued to work to make sure all Canadians enjoy the same rights. My private member’s bill that would give transgendered Canadians equal protection under the law continues to make its way through the House of Commons.

During the past year I was proud to award 30 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Awards to deserving constituents in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca who each helped make our community a better place.

Locally, though unemployment remains too high and full time family supporting jobs too rare, there has been some good news on the job front in this riding.  I am pleased that the jetties at Esquimalt Naval Base will be undergoing extensive upgrades and the federal government has adopted a shipbuilding strategy that will result in long term skilled jobs at dockyards.

Looking forward to 2013, I know my constituency office staff will continue to provide top notch service for the residents of Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca and my Ottawa staff will continue to support our efforts to oppose the Conservatives destructive agenda in the House of Commons.

I will continue to fight for E&N railway funding for southern Vancouver Island and continue to fight to preserve our precious West Coast environment, in particular I will work to block increased tanker traffic and to reverse the dismantling of federal fish habitat protection and enhancement.

 

MP Randall

Garrison

Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca

 

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