ROUYN-NORANDA - While the work of the House of Commons is suspended until late January, NDP MP Christine Moore (Abitibi-Témiscamingue) took stock of her work for the year 2018.

First, the member cannot understand the lack of Liberal understanding on issues that affect the rural regions and in Abitibi-Témiscamingue in particular. "However, I have called for measures that are simple and inexpensive, such as maintaining the night services of the Flight Service Stations at Rouyn-Noranda Airport and opening an immigration office to help businesses in their process of hiring while the region faces a serious labour shortage. On this issue for the past year: nothing, no answer, "she said. "Yet we don’t ask for anything complicated, and it would have a significant and positive impacts," says Christine Moore, who notes that the Prime Minister's visit to Abitibi-Témiscamingue and meetings with regional stakeholders haven’t changed anything.

The member is still working hard to advance the issue of cellular coverage in rural and underserved areas. "Even the Quebec government has had enough of waiting after the Liberals who still don’t understand the difference between the Internet and cellular coverage," says MP Moore.

The member is particularly proud of her efforts and those of her team to bring the voice of Abitibi-Témiscamingue to Ottawa and to federal departments. "With the collaboration of my employees, I help many citizens who have problems with their pensions, such as employment insurance, family benefits, immigration and foreign worker files, or various programs and tax credits. And yet the Government of Canada continues to cut services in the region," laments Christine Moore. "Fortunately, I have set up offices in each of the RCM in Abitibi-Témiscamingue to make up for this abandonment of the federal government," says the NDP MP.

Christine Moore also says that while the Liberal government subsidizes big companies and oil companies, spends billions on a pipeline, negotiates trade deals on the backs of our farmers and forest producers, and ignores tax avoidance, citizens struggle every month to get the money they need and needs just because they forgot to fill out a form box. "It's double standards," says the member.

Christine Moore adds that housing and labour shortages will be important issues for the coming year: "The region has been in a deficit of affordable housing for years and many low-income households are unable to find decent housing," said the member for Abitibi-Témiscamingue. "It is in this context that we are trying to attract workers and families when housing is difficult and the pressure is rising on rent prices," says MP Moore.

The member says the federal government needs to be more flexible in its affordable housing grant and loan programs: "We need social housing, seniors' housing and aboriginal communities, is always crammed to several generations under the same roof. We can’t accept this situation any longer, "concludes Christine Moore.