Alistair MacGregor, MP, Cowichan-Malaht-Langford has had a busy year

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Alistair MacGregor, MP, Cowichan-Malaht-Langford has had a busy year. Now a year since the 2015 federal election and serving in his first term of office, for MacGregor 2016 has been a year full of important issues. At the top of the list were 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,” says MacGregor.

The Duncan-based MP has two offices – one in Duncan and the other in Langford. This year he 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 1 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 39.5% of the vote in 2015,
MacGregor says 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.

However, while it does appear electoral reform is on the skids and that the
environment got a bit of a cold shoulder with two recent pipeline approvals, considerable revisions to C-51 are possible following a period of public input that wrapped up just this week (Dec 15). And the decriminalization of cannabis appears to be proceeding to take place sometime in 2017 or 2018.

“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 feedback, comments and suggestions regarding federal priorities for 2017.

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