A BUSY YEAR IN OTTAWA FOR MP ALISTAIR MACGREGOR

COWICHAN – Alistair MacGregor, MP, Cowichan-Malaht-Langford has had a busy year. 2016 has been a year full of important issues, including electoral reform, environmental protection and international trade deals.

"I’ve been able to raise our voice in Ottawa on many issues constituents told me were important, including the contaminated soil facility in Shawinigan Lake, protection of our water resources, funding for First Nations children, seniors care, funding for BC Ferries and infrastructure, the CPP changes, the softwood lumber deal, reconciliation with First Nations people, affordable housing, and health care," stated MacGregor. MacGregor hosted public meetings on elder care, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and electoral reform, where he was able to hear from public directly and bring their views back to Ottawa.

MacGregor has tabled two bills in the House of Commons, one that would bring federal protections to Shawnigan Lake, and the other that would limit the length of federal election periods to a maximum of 46 days. MacGregor also served as a substitute for the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and traveled with the committee attending public consultations in Atlantic Canada in October, and on December 1st, he was named as the second Vice-Chair on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

"Although we are still working hard to hold the Liberals to their elections promises on many issues, my New Democrat colleagues and I have made some significant gains," said MacGregor. "From unanimous support for meaningful action on the issue of abandoned and derelict vessels, to securing equal pay for women as a human right, to defending First Nations children, to clearing a path toward a proportional voting system where every vote counts, we have accomplished so much," stated MacGregor.

Since winning a majority government with only 39.5% of the vote in 2015, the Liberal government has broken promises to move forward on democratic reform, to bring in a new environmental review process, to roll back Bill C-51, and to end the criminalization of marijuana.

"From approving major pipelines under the Conservatives broken environmental review process, to fighting Indigenous families in court – it seems this government isn’t that different from that last," said MacGregor. Constituents are invited to continue sending in their feedback, comments, and suggestions regarding federal priorities for 2017.

 For media inquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Hermary, Assistant to Alistair MacGregor

250-732-1733 or alistair.macgregor.c1a@parl.gc.ca