November 8, 2021

Dear Constituents, a few updates from my office: 

Officially Sworn-In! 

On Thursday, October 28th, I was sworn in to the 44th Parliament for my second term in less than two years. This is the honour of my professional career and I will strive to serve all constituents of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon with honesty and integrity everyday. It was great to have so many close friends and family members be there and celebrate with me. 

You can watch my swearing-in speech here. 

Veterans’ Week 

Friday marked the beginning of Veterans’ Week, where in the lead up to Remembrance Day on November 11, we honour those who have served Canada in times of war, military conflict, and peace. 

View my Remembrance Day message on Facebook here 

Remembrance Day Ceremonies are occurring across Mission–Matsqui–Fraser Canyon. Please find a (non-exhaustive) list below: 

Community 

Event Location 

Time 

Additional Details 

City of Abbotsford 

Thunderbird Memorial Square 

10:45am 

Invitation only (virtual at abbotsford.ca) 

Mt. Lehman 

30346 McNeil Avenue, Abbotsford 

10:30am 

Drive-by only 

Agassiz 

Agassiz Cenotaph 

Morrow Road & Vimy Road 

10:45am 

Invitation only 

District of Lillooet 

Lillooet Cenotaph 

10:45am 

 

Village of Ashcroft 

300 Brink Street, Ashcroft 

10:45am 

 

Gold Bridge 

Bridge River Valley Cemetery 

10:45am 

 

City of Mission 

32627 Logan Ave, Mission 

10:45am 

 

Recently I was both touched and dismayed to learn how our Canadian Veterans, through the Veterans Transition Network, continue to serve and sacrifice on behalf of Afghan allies left behind to the mercy of the Taliban. But funding for safehouses is running out and the Liberal government admits it has no plan for the evacuation of those who aided our nation and whose lives are now at risk.  

If you would like to sign a Parliamentary Petition to raise awareness on this critical issue and provide me the opportunity to raise it directly in the House of Commons, you can download the paper petition from my website.   

You can learn more about the work of the Veterans Transition Network here. 

Lytton Update 

My staff and I continue our efforts to support the rebuilding of Lytton.  

Last week the Fraser Basin Council presented the Immediate Needs Recovery Plan to Council and submitted it to EMBC for costing. I reviewed the plan and submitted comments to the Village of Lytton for their consideration.  

I met with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to explore what supports they may be able to provide – those discussions are ongoing. I met with Clearflo Solutions who are working with Kanaka Bar First Nation on sustainable clean drinking water systems and are poised to deploy the system in Lytton.  I also met with CN Rail to discuss rail safety and Lytton Chamber of Commerce to discuss small businesses, and my office joined the Lytton Partners Roundtable led by EMBC for stakeholders to provide regular updates on the rebuild.  

A new federal Cabinet was also announced last week and I amin the process of writing, once again, to all relevant Ministers.  

On Monday, November 8 at 7:00pm, the Village of Lytton will be hosting a virtual townhall supported by Municipal Affairs BC and I look forward to attending to hear the residents’ input on the Immediate Needs Recovery Plan. To join the meeting, visit lytton.ca  

I remain in regular contact with residents and all levels of government to advance the collective work to rebuild the community of Lytton.  

Restoration of CN’s Kaoham Shuttle Service 

This week I met with Chief James and members of the Tsal’alh First Nation, a remote and semi-isolated community in our riding found along Seton and Anderson lake. They shared their community’s reliance on a passenger rail shuttle service, the Kaoham, to Lillooet for residents to attend doctor appointments, pick-up prescription medication, postal service, etc. which CN Rail shut down in March.  

It is unacceptable for a community to be cut off from access to essential services and I am committed to working with CN Rail and all levels of government to have this service restored. Winter is quickly approaching and the steep gravel road winding to Lillooet is a challenging drive on the best of days. Tsal’alh First Nation cannot be left stranded without access to essential services. CN’s Kaoham Shuttle must be restored. 

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] 

Thank you, 

 

Brad Vis, MP  

Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon