Wednesday, Mar. 11th - Today, Members of the Conservative Ontario Caucus sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the rising water levels and the expected major flooding along the shorelines across Ontario. The water levels across all the Great Lakes remain near or above record levels.
Local Member of Parliament Eric Duncan (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry) questioned the Prime Minister directly in Question Period about the government’s plans to mitigate the impacts to residents and asked for the government’s cooperation to investigate measures to help residents and businesses in the longer term.
“My constituents here locally often face the opposite challenge of low water levels between the Iroquois and Moses Saunders Dam in Cornwall, but it is equally harmful to shorelines, property values, tourism and our environment,” said Duncan.
“The one thing that is very clear to me as a new Member is that there is no coordinated response with all the federal departments that are impacted, let alone with provincial and municipal contacts. This is a real, tangible way we can get answers to help address this issue and take real steps. I am committed to not just complaining about the situation, but finding ways, to lessen the impacts for tens of thousands of residents and businesses in Ontario and Quebec,” added MP Duncan.
Last year, several communities in Ontario had to declare states of emergency as a result of severe flooding to activate
resources from the provincial and federal governments.
“We believe it is essential for the federal government to have a fully detailed plan to prepare for what is becoming a likely
risk of flooding this spring,” said Philip Lawrence, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South.
“Time is of the essence for the government to have measures in place to prepare for and to mitigate the inevitable flooding that is facing many communities across our province.”
Friday, Mar. 13th – Following the declaration of the World Health Organization declaring the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a global pandemic and decisions made by various levels of Government, Member of Parliament Eric Duncan provided the following updates to the local community:
• The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program will be suspending operations until further notice, effective 3:30pm on March 13, 2020. This move is made with the interests of the health of the community and the volunteer tax-preparers in mind.
• MP Duncan’s main constituency office in Cornwall and Monday satellite offices in Morrisburg and Winchester will be closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. The staff will remain available during regular hours (Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm) to answer phones and assist with case files. The toll-free number is 1-888-805-2513.
• MP Duncan will limit his public events in the coming weeks as a means of social distancing. He will continue to work full time by phone and videoconferencing. • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit will be the lead with respect to testing of suspected cases of COVID-19. Please follow the Eastern Ontario Health Unit on Facebook for updates directly.
These are precautionary measures to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19 while communities across the country are seeing increased rates of infection and other large national organizations are taking significant steps to promote social distancing and flatten the curve of this virus.
“This is certainly a unique and evolving situation, but I encourage Canadians to be cautious but not fearful. Our country has faced big challenges before, and we will get through this by looking out for each other and being proactive in limiting our chance of infection,” said MP Duncan. “The earlier we take these measures, the better off we will be in getting back to our normal routines and daily lives. Be safe and be calm, and keep updated as the situation continues to evolve.”
For all information pertaining to Covid-19, visit the federal government’s special website at www.canada.ca/coronavirus.