A Message from Kelly: Update from Edmonton West (September 2020)

Kelly McCauley

Kelly McCauley, MP, Edmonton West

The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the lives of Edmontonians. Many of us are still struggling to get back on our feet, whether dealing with employment, child-care, or poor mental health.

Several businesses in our communities have remained open and taken risks to ensure Edmontonians continue to obtain essentials during the government-directed shut down and self-isolation.

Many more local businesses are re-opening their doors after months of being closed or serving their customers online.

Now, more than ever, local businesses need our support. That is why we are promoting a Buy Local initiative in Edmonton West to support small businesses that are re-establishing their daily operations, bringing back employees and welcoming back customers. You can help make a difference by supporting local stores, restaurants, and services in your area.

In the meantime, I am working hard to help you through these difficult times at our new office located at #104, 10471 178 Street.

Our Conservative Party has worked with the other parties to pressure the government to extend the CERB, and are continuing to present plans that will improve support. Plans such as the Back to Work Bonus, that will improve the CERB so you can go back to earn income without being punished by the arbitrary $1,000 cutoff. We don’t believe returning to work should hurt Canadians, and this will help Albertans get back to their job and earn up to $5,000 a month before the CERB is completely clawed back.

We have successfully fought to increase and extend the wage subsidy so that employers can afford to re-hire their people.

We are also working to improve the Commercial Rent Subsidy so that our small businesses can survive until business levels improve. We’ve heard from many small businesses, restaurants, and retailers in west Edmonton that the current program is not working. The Liberal government hasn’t addressed these concerns yet, but we will keep fighting for our small businesses until the program is fixed.

As your federal government representative, I am also here to help you navigate through the supports available to you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions about the programs that the government is offering, or if you need help with federal departments and programs such as CRA, EI, Immigration Canada, CPP/OAS, or Veterans Affairs, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my office at 780-392-2515 or Kelly.McCauley.c1@parl.gc.ca.

Kelly McCauley is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton West, which includes the neighbourhoods of Britannia-Youngstown and Glenwood.

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