Cathay Wagantall, M.P.
 
 
 
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Join me for a Virtual Town Hall with the Hon. Pierre Poilievre!
 
I hope you and yours are well as we leave summer behind. For weeks, our farmers have been working hard to make this year's harvest a success. Their tireless work feeds Canada and the world. All of my constituents - including our farmers - want a federal government with a plan to effectively respond to COVID-19 and set our country on the path to economic recovery. Above all, Saskatchewan and the West deserves to be included in our national recovery.
 
Unfortunately, the Liberal government's recent Speech from the Throne was absent of a responsible plan to fight COVID-19 and address national unity concerns. Justin Trudeau’s ideological agenda will have long-lasting consequences for our country.  
 
In response, I would like to invite you to a Virtual ZOOM Town Hall with the Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Carleton and Canada’s Shadow Minister for Finance. Pierre will offer his thoughts on the Throne Speech and the state of Canada’s economy. During the second half of the town hall, Pierre will answer your submitted questions.

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
Time: 6:30PM - 7:30PM CST (8:30PM – 9:30PM EDT)
To RSVP and submit your questions: cathay.wagantall.a2@parl.gc.ca 

I hope you can join us for this important event.

Blessings,

Cathay Wagantall, MP
Yorkton--Melville
 
More volunteers honoured throughout Yorkton-Melville
 
Last month, I showcased the incredible hard work and sacrifice of volunteers throughout our riding of Yorkton--Melville. This past month, I again had the pleasure of recognizing their exemplary service with my Volunteer Recognition Award and Medal. Volunteers truly are the heart of our communities. Thanks to all volunteers, in every capacity, for all that you do!
 
Thanks to Larry Krainetz on behalf of his many nominators and community friends who deeply appreciate your family-friendly way of planning events in Tuffnell. I'm so pleased that Larry came by my office to accept his Volunteer Recognition Award.
It was an honour to recognize James (Jim) McCallum for his long-standing and dedicated service to the community of Saltcoats. Coming to my office rather than being able to celebrate in the community he loves due to COVID concerns was disappointing, so make sure to pass along your appreciation and congratulations, Saltcoats!
Vern Schick’s volunteerism over many years in many fields extends across many communities including Grenfell, Duff, Melville, Fenwood, and Canora. It is clearly in his DNA.
On hold with the CEBA Hotline?
 
Three months after the announcement of the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), farmers are finally being included by the Liberal government.
 
However, my constituents have reported three to six-hour wait times for the CEBA Hotline. This is unacceptable for our small business owners and farmers in the middle of harvest. They work hard every day to supply the food that we and the world need. Their time is valuable.
 
SHARE the videos below with your family and friends and pressure Mary Ng, the Minister for Small Business, to correct this problem.

Email: mary.ng@parl.gc.ca
Phone: 1 (905) 479-8100
 
 
 
WATCH & SHARE: Farmers and other business owners needing help with their Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications cannot afford to spend 3-6 hours on hold. Contact the Minister for Small Business directly with a request to fix this problem.
 
 
 
WATCH: Here's my question to the Minister for Small Business during Question Period on September 25th.
 
Do you know a living Canadian Veteran of the Second World War?
 
Recent estimates show there are roughly 30,000 living Second World War Veterans. They are living reminders of the freedoms we enjoy in Canada.

As part of its Second World War Tribute program, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has made available a commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition for any living Canadian or Newfoundland Second World War Veteran.

If you know of a Second World War Veteran who has not already received the tribute, you can contact my office directly to receive an application. Alternatively, you can contact Veterans Affairs Canada directly. Veterans that qualify can apply online or by calling VAC at 1-866-522-2122. Other individuals may submit applications on behalf of a Veteran.

The design of the commemorative lapel pin is based on the original “Victory Nickel”, a coin that was circulated from 1943 until 1945 and re-issued in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of V-E Day. The coin featured a flaming torch and large “V”, which stood for both victory and the coin’s value in Roman numerals.

For more information regarding the Second World War Tribute, please visit the VAC webpage at https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/wars-and-conflicts/second-world-war/tribute.

Misplaced Second World War Tributes can be replaced by submitting another application.

God Bless our Veterans!
 
News Release: Speech from the Throne void of action plan, fails to unite Canadians
 
For Immediate Release
September 24, 2020
 
OTTAWA, ON— Cathay Wagantall, Member of Parliament for Yorkton—Melville, today expressed her disappointment in the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne.

“It’s clear that Justin Trudeau didn’t suspend parliament to develop a responsible plan to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and set our economy on the road to recovery,” said Wagantall. “He prorogued parliament solely to shut down committees and to avoid scrutiny of his and his cabinet’s ethical violations.”

Wednesday’s Speech from the Throne officially resumed the normal business of parliament after a 6-month hiatus and laid out the agenda of the Liberal government for the coming months. In addition to concerns about a public health plan and economic recovery, Wagantall had hoped that the Speech would have addressed growing frustration in Western Canada.

“The speech failed to mention Western alienation and national unity concerns,” continued Wagantall. “The West was ignored other than to be lectured that our Agriculture and Resource industries must move to zero emissions. Both are the backbone of this country and the means to digging us out of a trillion-dollar deficit while continuing to be world leaders in greening the globe.”

The Speech also failed to commit to an increase in health transfers, which was a top ask of the provinces. Instead of giving the provinces the resources they need to fight the pandemic, the Liberals are once again interfering in provincial jurisdiction. Wagantall noted that Justin Trudeau didn’t offer a plan to deal with a second wave of COVID-19 beyond shutting down the Canadian economy.

“Canadians are being blamed for a second wave of COVID-19 when it was the Liberal government that put us in far greater harm’s way in the first place, and then shut down our economy,” said Wagantall. “Conservatives will fight for a credible plan that will keep Canadians safe, while ensuring jobs are protected.”

Wagantall is concerned about the absence of any concrete economic plan in the Throne Speech, noting that Canadians are looking toward their post-pandemic future and want to know that there are job-creation plans in place.

“Re-announcing and extending the current COVID support programs for small and medium enterprises does not incentivize or stimulate job growth. Out of almost 6,800 words in the Throne Speech, economic development is only mentioned once.”

“At a time when we should be united across this country in our resolve to beat this pandemic and rebuild our economy, what the Liberals delivered were recycled promises, reannouncements, and a refusal to recognize the West as an equal participant in our recovery.”

“It’s impossible for me to support this Throne Speech.”
 
A call to action with Canada's Mefloquine Warriors 
 
 
I spoke at the 4th Annual Veterans Mefloquine Rally in Edmonton on September 19th.
 
 
On September 19th, I stood with Veterans in Edmonton for the 4th Annual Veterans Mefloquine Rally. The anti-malarial drug, Mefloquine, was prescribed (and continues to be in some cases) to veterans prior to deployments overseas. In many cases, its use has resulted in terrible side effects including anxiety, paranoia, depression, hallucinations, psychotic behaviour, and thoughts of suicide – all of which can persist for months or years after taking the drug. The stories of individual Veterans are haunting.
 
Beyond recognition of the effects of mefloquine toxicity, Veterans affected by mefloquine are not asking for much from their federal government. I stand with them in this fight for care and compassion from the country they have put their lives on the line to serve.
 
Here are my remarks to Veterans across the country at the 4th Annual Veterans Mefloquine Rally: 
 
 
Dear Mefloquine Warriors,

I am so pleased to be with you all - in person in Edmonton and in spirit in Kingston for the 4th Annual Veterans Mefloquine Rally.

In the course of this past year I have watched your tenacity strengthen; your numbers grow. Awareness of how this drug has caused serving members, veterans and your families excruciating grief, pain, disease and loss of lives through suicide is gaining because of your unending efforts to tell your story to Canadians.

I wish I could say it’s because of the willingness of your government to finally admit responsibility for the abuse and injustice of its past decisions.

In 2016, Health Canada quietly updated the warning labels for mefloquine, highlighting serious side effects – anxiety, paranoia, depression, hallucinations, psychotic behaviour and thoughts of suicide –which can persist for months or years after taking the drug.

In June of 2017, the Department of National Defence announced that Mefloquine would only be recommended for use if a CAF member requests it, or if there are contraindications to the member being prescribed other anti-malarials.

At this point, I sadly quote myself in the Globe and Mail, June 1, 2017:

"I think they are trying to dismiss themselves now from having to deal with the fact that, for years, soldiers have suffered, and veterans have suffered, with the use of this drug."

Taking steps to change the future does not negate the need to take responsibility for the past.

The Canadian government must apologize to our veterans and serving members for its neglect and complacency in licensing Mefloquine.

It must also commit to extensive outreach and independent, comprehensive research on Mefloquine and Quinism.

I can not imagine what inner strength so many of you are holding on to, as you are the faces of the mass tort litigation challenging the Federal Government.

Knowing so many of you and watching you care, challenge, and encourage each other is an amazing experience I cherish as a Member of Parliament.

Thank you for welcoming me here.

You are in my thoughts and prayers,

Cathay
 
News Release: 'BC ‘pink flag’ displays send a message on practice of sex-selective abortion in Canada'
 
For Immediate Release
September 14, 2020
 
OTTAWA, ON— Cathay Wagantall, Member of Parliament for Yorkton—Melville, attended a series of ‘pink flag displays’ in Langley and Chilliwack, BC on September 12th. Organized by We Need a Law, the demonstrations informed members of the public about the practice of sex-selective abortion in Canada, as well as MP Wagantall’s private member’s bill, the Sex Selective Abortion Act (C-233). She was joined by Tamara Jansen, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale—Langley City; and Tako Van Popta, Member of Parliament for Langley—Aldergrove.

“I would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers for allowing me to stand with them in defending the rights of pre-born girls who are being aborted simply because of their sex,” said Wagantall. “The pink flags are a visual and stark reminder that our country has a long way to go in defending the rights of women and girls, as well as equality between the sexes.”

In February, Wagantall introduced C-233 with the aim of prohibiting medical practitioners from performing an abortion due to sex selection. Canada is the only country other than North Korea to have no laws limiting abortion, including sex-selective abortion. Wagantall said that it is a Canadian problem that requires an urgent solution.

“If just one girl is aborted simply because of her sex, parliamentarians must act,” continued Wagantall. “Thankfully, Canadians of nearly all beliefs are united on this issue, with eighty-four percent stating that sex-selective abortion should be illegal. This is reasonable common ground that every member of parliament must thoughtfully consider.”

Wagantall had the opportunity to speak with the public and the media at all three events. A petition was also available for signature.

“I’m very encouraged by the public response to my bill. Thousands have signed the petition and are spreading the word, but many more are just now learning about the issue. Often, those I speak to are in disbelief that a country like Canada would permit this type of abortion. Canada must do better.”

To learn more about the Sex Selective Abortion Act, visit www.cathaywagantall.ca/c233.
 
 
 
WATCH: On September 24th, I had the chance to stand at the Canadian Human Rights Monument in Ottawa to speak to Canadians about the unfortunate practice of sex-selective abortion in our country.
 
 
 
Thanks to the many volunteers of the Langley, Willoughby, and Yarrow Canadian Reformed Churches for your courage in speaking out for preborn girls who are aborted simply because they are a girl (September 24, 2020).
 
 
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Cathay Wagantall, M.P.
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