Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, reacted to the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne, from Ottawa earlier this afternoon.
“Navigating the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult,” Mr. Seeback said. “The future is even more worrisome. I keep hearing from residents who say they’re concerned about their health, their loved ones, their jobs, and how they are going to pay their bills this winter. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a golden opportunity to demonstrate strong leadership by presenting a real plan to ordinary Canadians, but he completely missed the mark.”
In his Speech from the Throne, Justin Trudeau did not outline a plan to increase testing capacity and testing options for COVID-19. He failed to deliver a plan to help the millions of Canadians who are struggling. He didn’t commit to increase health transfers – the provinces’ top ask. In fact, he’s done nothing but waste six weeks so that he could hide from his ethical scandals.
During his farm tour of Dufferin-Caledon over the summer, Mr. Seeback met with local farmers who shared the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created for them. When asked about whether he felt there was sufficient support for the agricultural industry in the Throne Speech, he responded, “Sadly, this was another sector neglected by the Trudeau government. Farmers were only briefly mentioned and in very broad terms with no indication of how the federal government will actually support them.”
People here in Dufferin Caledon need a plan now. They need to know their government is fighting for them. People like:
parents who must continually choose between staying home with their child who was sent home sick from school or picking up another shift to make ends meet;
residents waiting in line for five or six hours to have a COVID-19 test and many more days for results;
critically ill patients and their families on waitlists for palliative care options;
all residents of Dufferin-Caledon who pay exorbitant fees for slow and unreliable internet;
seniors who’re at risk of social isolation following more than six months of remaining at home to stay safe from the COVID-19 pandemic;
veterans needing support and Legions struggling to keep their doors open to serve their communities; and
families waiting to be reunited with their loved ones overseas.
“Justin Trudeau needed to present a clear path forward for all Canadians, said Mr. Seeback. “Instead, we were offered a series of vague and recycled promises that did nothing to address the serious concerns of Canadians and the people of Dufferin Caledon. Canada can and will overcome this adversity together, but we need strong leadership and a real plan.”