I want to share an article about my MP and needed a thread and none of the titles currently seemed to fit. I would love to read other local media articles about NDP candidates in other parts of the country. Here is my contribution.
Gord Johns, the incumbent MP for the Courtenay-Alberni riding, went to Ottawa in 2015 believing that members of minority parties could get things done in the Canadian Parliament. And, he says, he proved it was true.
During Johns first term as a New Democratic Party MP, he passed two motions with unanimous support. One that benefited 40,000 Canadian veterans and another that benefited the world’s oceans. He helped bring $100 million to his riding for community infrastructure projects.
And, he says, he has been a voice for indigenous people on the national stage. He secured funding for a new Coast Guard Auxiliary Indigenous Peoples program that will employ 10 First Nations people located in Tofino.
Johns got funding for the art gallery on Hornby Island, where 40 percent of residents make their living from the arts. And he used the media to shine a light on the derelict and abandoned vessels in Deep Bay, something the former Conservative MP John Duncan promised for years but didn’t do.
He found $3 million to restore the Sproat Lake water bombers with a new technology that enables them to fight fires at night. And he got $200,000 for a pilot program at Pacific Coast University that could ultimately expand to benefit 1.2 million Canadians who have been hurt on the job.
“We have lots of little communities in this riding, and everybody counts,” John said. “The mayors and councils know who’s been helping and working collaboratively for their benefit.”