Cumming’s Corner: Updates From Edmonton Centre

James Cumming, MP Edmonton Centre

James CummingWhen I was elected last fall, I could never have imagined that we would find ourselves in a pandemic two seasons later. I hope you have all been able to follow the public health measures in place in our province. I have been working from home, as I am sure many of you have as well, and have become very familiar with platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype, both for professional and personal purposes.

Part of my job as an MP during the quarantine has included virtual sittings of the Standing Committee on Finance, which you can find online either on my Facebook page or via the Parliament website. I have also tried to keep track of all the announcements made by the federal government in the past 8+ weeks. I have been speaking with many interest groups and stakeholders and learning how they have been affected by the pandemic measures, and I have been advocating for them with the federal government in Ottawa. Whether emphasizing commercial rent relief as an important issue, or including the non-profit sector in the measures in place, these are important issues to stand up for and speak out on.

Please use my website (www.jamescumming.ca) as a reference point for government programs (the information on it is taken from government websites and referenced accordingly). If you have experienced any issues applying for the federal programs in place, whether as an individual applicant or a business owner, please feel free to email me about it. While we are not taking walk-ins at my constituency office, my staff and I remain available to you by phone/email (780-442-1888 and james.cumming@parl.gc.ca).

If you are a business owner and think that you might be able to reopen whenever the province considers it safe to do so, please let me know as I would like to be there to support you. Similarly, if as an entrepreneur you don’t think you’ll be able to carry on, I would like to hear from you and pass on your concerns and specific issues to the federal government.

I want to express my personal gratitude for all the frontline workers who have kept the rest of us going over the past months – from the doctors and nurses in our healthcare, to all maintenance staff everywhere, grocery store staff, truckers, farmers, social workers, all first responders, small business owners who have been able to keep their doors open, the public servants who have been delivering much-needed financial help for those who found themselves without a salary since mid-March, and anyone else I am forgetting to mention here. We would not have been able to carry on without you, so thank you for everything that you’ve done for us.

I hope you have been staying safe and healthy, and thanks to everyone’s efforts we are slowly on the way to flatten the curve. See you on the other side, in the community.

James Cumming is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, which includes the neighbourhoods of Canora and West Jasper/Sherwood.

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