Dear Constituents, an update from my office:
Anniversary of the 2021 Floods
This November marked the one-year anniversary of the atmospheric river floods and landslides. We are reminded of the enormous loss and overwhelmingly strong community spirit of those days. Our communities were hit hard. Farms were consumed by a lake, sections of roads, highways and homes were literally washed away. Throughout all of this, if there is one thing, we learned that we are resilient. The outpouring of community generosity was awe-inspiring. Canadians look out for each other and readily gave everything they had to help one another.
Our Justice System is Broken
Here in BC, we see first hand just how broken Canada’s justice system has become. In fact, our provincial government has had to ask the federal government to change laws so that they can deal with the lawlessness in our streets due to repeat offenders. My colleague, MP Frank Caputo, was a crown prosecutor prior to politics. I encourage you to check out his recent statement on the state of Canada's justice system here.
In the House
As you may know, I currently serve on two of the House of Commons’ Standing Committees. At the Standing Committee on Official Languages, we are currently studying Bill C-13: An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada’s Official Languages. I am committed to ensuring adequate French language services in BC. At the Standing Committee on Industry and Technology, we are working to finalize a report on the future of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada and the challenges they face.
Parliamentary Budget Officer
Below, I have listed some recent reports from the Parliamentary Budget Officer that may be of interest. This is commonly the first resource I study when preparing parliamentary interventions.
If you follow me on social media, you will know that I love bringing forward citizen-driven petitions in the House of Commons. It is an incredibly effective way for residents to raise an issue directly with the federal government, who are required to provide a written response.
If there is an issue that you are passionate about, please reach out to my office. My staff are happy to assist you in drafting a petition. With 25 signatures from Canadian citizens or permanent residents of any age, I am able to present your petition in the House of Commons and speak on the issue.
Still Looking for Calendar Photos!
Thank you to everyone who has submitted photos for our 2023 Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon calendar. If you have not already, there is still time to submit! You can send all submissions to [email protected].
All photos used will be credited!
Candlelight Parade Cancelled
Unfortunately, the 2022 Candlelight Christmas Parade has been cancelled due to a weather event forecasted for Friday evening which could cause unsafe conditions for volunteers and spectators. Although I am disappointed the parade is no longer happening, I am already looking forward to next year! Stay safe in the snow and enjoy your weekend everyone!
Our constituency office in Mission will close at noon on Wednesday, December 21, and reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd at 9am. Our voicemails and email account will still be monitored in case of emergencies.
You’re My Boss
Your feedback is valued. Please do not hesitate to contact my office to voice your concerns or seek assistance with any federal government programs at 604-814-5710 or [email protected]. I also encourage you to follow me on Facebook where I post more frequent updates on my work as your MP.
Brad Vis, MP
P.S. Check out this recent episode of Today in BC, which includes an exclusive interview with the Leader of His Majesty’s Opposition, Pierre Poilievre.