Homelessness and Assisted Dying on their minds
At a recent media conference supporting Immigration John McCallum, two of Surrey’s Members of Parliament, John Aldag, MP Cloverdale Langley City and Ken Hardie, Fleetwood Port Kells took a moment to speak about what they are hearing when among their constituents this summer.
“The big issue that has surfaced, particularly in the last couple of weeks in Langley, Langley City and in Cloverdale,” said John Aldag, “is the homeless issue. There have been some camps that have sprung up, one in particular that’s very visible at a major intersection and with the publicity we’ve had on homelessness in Victoria and elsewhere in the province, it’s really front of mind for the citizens. There are questions about what all levels of government can do to deal with the homeless issues. That’s one I’m definitely hearing most about.”
“We had a Town Hall meeting a week or so ago on medical assistance in dying,” said Ken Hardie. “It was sort of a follow-up, because of the legislation that was passed is considered by many to be a part-way step. Where do we go next, if anywhere? By-and-large, the word that we got was that we’ve already gone far enough. However I know, out there in the community, there have been many people who are looking for an expansion to that, especially those who want to give advance consent if they’re suffering from Alzheimer dementia, Huntington’s (Chorea) or some of these other degenerative diseases. It seems reasonable to me, but I think the main principle that the government’s been operating under and that I’ve heard at the Town Hall is protection of the vulnerable. So you have to have absolutely air-tight systems in place to make sure the wrong thing never happens.”
“I’m sitting on the Special Committee for Electoral Reform,” said Aldag, “and because my name is associated with that, I’m getting calls and inquiries about electoral reform. I’m conducting sessions in my own and neighbouring ridings on the issue, and I’ll be going to Kamloops and possibly Victoria in September. It’s becoming more front-of-mind with many constituents and there is a growing interest in it. We did a Town Hall meeting and had about 130 that came out for it. It was broadcast on line and about 500 people followed it, which is by far the biggest one that I’ve had. There were calls for more, so I‘ll do at least two more, one in Langley City and another in Panorama in September.”
“Following on John’s work on his Electoral Reform Committee,” added Hardie, “we’re also holding an Electoral Reform session on August 29th at the Fleetwood Community Centre, and like John we’ll be live-streaming it. We’re going to do something a little different. The whole topic is rather dry, so I’m going to use the analogy of a Dim Sum lunch, and the options in the process to the different ways of choosing electoral options, relating that to the different results you get depending on how you choose. I think this will make it look a lot more real to people.
The House of Commons resumes sitting on September 19th.