Dear Constituents, a few updates from my office:
Last Tuesday, the House entertained my Opposition Day Motion on Housing. In it, I call upon the federal government examine a freeze on home purchases by non-resident foreign buyers; replace their failed First-Time Home Buyer Incentive; strengthen law enforcement tools to deal with money laundering; implement tax incentive to boost the supply of purpose-build market rental housing units; and, overhaul federal housing policy to increase supply.
You can find the full text of my motion, along with the outcome of the vote, by clicking here. I am happy to note that, despite the federal Liberals’ opposition, my motion passed the House of Commons by a vote of 180 to 147, with all opposition MPs and most Independents voting in favour.
While my motion is broadly worded, as most Parliamentary Motions are, my speech expanded how these challenges can be met and there will be additional details from the Conservative Party in time. It is imperative for the federal government to act on the will of the elected House of Commons, and to enact the calls to action in my Housing motion. Stay tuned for further updates and details in the weeks ahead.
Correction re: Discovery at Kamloops Residential School
I wish to offer a correct to my previous email blast on the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
In my previous message, I referred to the discovery as a mass grave, when in fact, I ought to have followed the lead of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and referred to the location of the discovery as an unmarked burial site.
I wish to apologize sincerely and unreservedly for any confusion my statement may have caused.
Calls to Action
Earlier today, I had the privilege of presenting another statement on the impact the Kamloops discovery has had on my Indigenous constituents and has highlighted the amount of work left for all of us to do toward reconciliation.
Following Question Period, I tabled a petition in the House of Commons brought to me by one of the organizers of last weekend’s March for Recognition in Mission. The petition calls on the Government of Canada to proceed with using ground-penetrating radar at former residential school sites, and for the federal government to provide a reasonable timeline for the conduct of these searches.
You can find this petition on my website. Please feel free to download and print this (or any) petition, sign it yourself, and gather additional signatures. Once completed, you can send the signed copies to my Parliamentary office postage-free. For every 25 valid signatures collected, I can present this petition once more in the House Chamber when sittings resume after the summer recess.
You’re My Boss
Your input 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].
Brad Vis, MP