It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the election. It has been an amazing journey and an honour being able to represent all of you in Winnipeg Centre.
That night, I told the crowd that our campaign was never about winning. It was about making sure your values were represented in Ottawa.
Since then, we have had the opportunity to meet and speak with thousands of residents of Winnipeg Centre and beyond. I have attended many Citizenship ceremonies and had the opportunity to help swear in over 1,000 of Manitoba’s newest Canadians.
We introduced the Canada Child Benefit, which should lift 50% of the children in Manitoba out poverty in the first year, restored funding to the CBC, unmuzzled scientists, and reinstated the long form census.
We have had town halls and round tables on Homelessness, International Development, Arts & Culture, Community Benefit Agreements, Electoral Reform, Canada Summer Jobs, the Environment, Pre-Budget Consultations and we will soon have one on Postal Banking.
We supported a petitions on Guaranteed Minimum Income and adequate cost-free parking for patients and caregivers in and around medical facilities. We also have a Private Member’s Bill to set aside a day to commemorate the survivors of Residential Schools.
I have had the opportunity to travel Taiwan, to see President Obama speak in Parliament, and to Cross Lake in Northern Manitoba. I am still most grateful for my time spent meeting people and hearing your stories, and being able to share them with the hope of making a difference.