April 3, 2020
Dear friends and neighbours,
Over the last few weeks, COVID-19 has changed all our lives in so many ways. It is one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever confronted. Many are facing some very hard times and we know more challenges are ahead of us. But there are early signs that the actions we are taking today are starting to make a difference.
I want to thank all of you for doing your part – physical distancing, staying home, avoiding large gatherings, washing your hands, and self-isolating when sick or after travelling — to help keep our entire community healthy, and protect our friends and loved ones who are more vulnerable to the virus. Please keep doing these things every single day and reminding others in your life to do them as well. It’s up to all of us to do our part. Its not going to be easy but we need to stick with it, be 100% committed, and remember that this is not forever.
We need to acknowledge that today, families and friends are mourning the loss of 31 British Columbians from COVID-19. Many more are in hospital or receiving intensive care, and there will be more dealing with the health challenges ahead of us.
That’s why the next 14 days are so critically important. What we do today will affect what our doctors, nurses and first responders face in the days and weeks ahead. Our actions now will determine how many of us stay healthy, and how much we can flatten the curve.
Our compassion and our kindness will help get us all through this. By being good neighbours – looking out for one another, offering to help others before they ask for help – we can make a big difference in each other’s lives. And I know we will, because that is who we are as a community.
To all those working in our health care system – thank you. You are moving heaven and earth to help people and we know you are stressed, exhausted and being pushed to the very limit. You have our deepest gratitude. Each night at 7 pm, people stand on their balconies and front porches, banging pots and pans and even playing musical instruments to show their support. It’s our way of saying: we’re in this together.
I also want to thank all of you working in essential services – transit, trucking, delivery services, those working in grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, child care centres and many other industries. Every day you are working hard to ensure British Columbians can access the vital services they count on.
Our government is committed to supporting people in Langford-Juan de Fuca and across the province who are facing hardship as a result of COVID-19. Making sure that people can stay safe and stay home during this extraordinary time means helping people pay their bills and provide for their families.
That is why we recently announced that British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.
For a full list of B.C. Government supports and how to access the programs, visit www.gov.bc.ca/covid-19.
These are just some of the supports your B.C. Government has recently announced:
These measures are on top of the financial support announced by the federal government, and we’ll be taking further action in the days and weeks ahead. More information on federal support can be found here.
While my Langford-Juan de Fuca Constituency Office is closed to face-to-face meetings, staff are continuing to provide services via phone and email. You can reach us by calling 250 391 2801 from 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday or by emailing John.Horgan.MLA@leg.bc.ca.
We may be separated, but we are not alone. All of us are in this together.
I’m asking everyone to re-commit to beating COVID-19. Do your part to save lives and prevent the worst-case scenario. Stay home. Stay safe. We will get through this together to see a brighter day.
Yours in care and community,
John Horgan, MLA, Langford-Juan de Fuca