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Carla Qualtrough: hopeful and optimistic towards economic recovery

A letter from the Delta Liberal Candidate
Carla-Qualtrough
Carla Qualtrough.

I have been honoured to serve as the Member of Parliament for Delta since 2015.  Together, we have accomplished some amazing things. Looking forward, I am confident that together we can finish the fight against COVID-19 and work towards an economic recovery that leaves no one behind.

I got into politics to serve my community and make a difference in people’s lives. I also wanted to be a voice in government for the many, many Canadians with disabilities who did not see themselves represented at the decision-making table.  As a young person with a disability, I faced barriers and challenges and had to become an innovative and creative problem-solver. My time and success as a swimmer on Team Canada at the Seoul and Barcelona Paralympic Games taught me the values of hard work, teamwork and perseverance. As a human rights lawyer and disability rights advocate I fought for equality and inclusion. As a mother I taught my children to be kind, to have courage, and to be community-minded. And as a volunteer I learned that one person really can make a difference.

I bring these values, experiences, and love for our community to work with me every day as your MP and as a Cabinet Minister.

Eighteen months ago, COVID-19 hit Delta, Canada and the world hard. Not surprisingly, Delta rallied as a community, supported our first responders and essential workers, and stepped up to help our most vulnerable and impacted citizens.

Our Liberal government made a plan to get Canadians through the crisis. This included:

  1. Doing whatever it takes to keep Canadians safe through the procurement of PPE and vaccines; supporting provincial health care systems, and restricting border crossings.
  2. Supporting businesses and workers by keeping as many workers as possible attached to the labour force through a variety of effective programs, and creating employment opportunities.
  3. Support our communities, families and most vulnerable through programs like the Enhanced Canada Child Benefit, and other one-time payments.

I was honoured to have been at the centre of the Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and responsible for many emergency measures, including the CERB, the Student Benefit, Employment Insurance, the Canada Recovery Benefits and the Disability Supplement. These measures helped millions of Canadians pay their bills and support their families throughout the pandemic.

The fight against COVID-19 is not over. While Canada is first in the world in vaccinations, Canadians and people around the world are still getting sick. The Canadian economy has shown resilience, but our work is far from done.

There are still issues we need to address here in Delta, including housing affordability, improved infrastructure and childcare. We need to address the impacts of climate change.  And we need to support our farmers and local businesses of all sizes through a welcoming and resilient business environment.

I am hopeful and optimistic. I will continue to work hard for Delta and for Canada each and every day. Because that’s what Delta and Canada deserve.

 

Carla Qualtrough 

Liberal Candidate for Delta

www.carlaqualtrough.liberal.ca