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My first months as your MLA have made me realise more than ever that we’re all in this together.

Many members of our community have called our office to share their experiences or advocate for those they care about. And we’ve heard “It’s not about me. I just want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”  This selflessness and concern for neighbours is deeply moving.

I entered politics to help build a better future for my family – and yours. As your MLA, I believe that we can make a province that works for everyone. Every day, I’m working with my colleagues to put people first.

I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in our first 100 days as government. But I know there is more work to do and people need help.

My office is ready to help. Contact us anytime, we’re here to answer your questions, to help you access services and to advocate for the issues important to all of us as a community.

To represent you in Victoria is an honour.

Yours,

Rick Glumac, MLA  Port Moody-Coquitlam

In the Legislature.

Talking about the Budget Update
September’s budget update took critical first steps towards our government’s vision of a better BC. We are investing in the people of this province and the services that have been neglected for the last 16 years.

Investing in services

  • Smaller class sizes and new funding for school playgrounds. Our first post-election budget update added $681 million over three years to K-12 education funding, including $521 million to hire 3,500 new teachers.
  • Eliminated tuition fees for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs opening doors for people to upgrade their education and skills.
  • Improving home and residential care for seniors. $189 million of new funding over three years will allow more seniors to receive care in the comfort of their homes and will free up overcrowded hospitals.
  • Responding to the fentanyl crisis with immediate and evidence-based programs for prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery efforts.

Making life more affordable

  • Cutting MSP premiums in half on January 1 and saving the typical family $900 per year. We also launched a task force to move towards the complete elimination of MSP within four years.
  • Building 1,700 new units of affordable rental housing with $208 million in funding over four years.
  • Closed the fixed-term lease loophole that allowed landlords to bypass rent controls.
  • Tacking homelessness by building supportive housing as quickly as possible. Through partnership with local governments across the province, we're providing $291 million to build 2,000 modular housing units and a additional $172 million over three years to deliver services that will help homeless people stabilize their lives.
  • Alleviating poverty for people with disabilities and those on income assistance by increasing income assistance rates by $100 per month, and raising BC out of the country's lowest level of assistance.
  • Reducing the poverty trap for people on income assistance by allowing them to earn $200 more per month without impacting their assistance payments.
  • Increased minimum wage by 50 cents and established a fair wages commission to recommend how to get BC to $15-an hour minimum wage.

Creating good jobs for British Columbians

 
“There are great opportunities to grow B.C.’s tech sector by strengthening partnerships within the Pacific Northwest region. Universities and companies in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland can work together more to support and share research, and we can also improve transportation links."
- Rick Glumac in Tri-City News
 
As the Parliamentary Secretary for Technology and representative to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, I've met with tech companies, industry and government on both sides of the border. I'm excited by the opportunities of a tech corridor – from high-speed rail to good jobs for British Columbians in research and development.
My weekly update for November 23. Speaking to MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert about working with Washington State to protect our environment and diversify our economy, banning big money from BC politics and the federal government's housing announcement.

Get my updates on Facebook Live.

Every Thursday, while the Legislature is in session, I'm on Facebook Live. It's an update on the week's progress and the work my colleagues and I are doing in Victoria to make our province better.
 

Provide your input. We're listening.

Participate today and help shape a referendum that will give British Columbians the power to decide how we vote. Your input will help shape key elements of the referendum, including ballot design, choice of voting systems included, and public funding distribution during the referendum campaign period. 
 
Our government is building a poverty reduction strategy. Your feedback will help us understand what poverty looks like in communities across the province, and how we can best take action to improve people’s lives.
 
Do you have a view to share on how our province can move forward to raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour? Submit your feedback by December 7.
 

In Our Community.

On November 16, I held a town hall to share our government's progress and to hear your feedback. My thanks to those who attended.

New money for important projects in our community.

  • Expanding Eagle Ridge Hospital’s emergency room, adding 20 more ER treatment spaces.
  • 55 new affordable housing units for people with low and moderate income, to be developed with St. Andrews United Church in Port Moody.
  • Seismic replacement funding for Banting Middle School as part of accelerated seismic upgrades across BC to insure our children’s safety.

Working together, we make our communities better.

I came out to watch Fred Soofi move (and save) another heritage home in Port Moody on a Friday nigh in October. You can read more about it here.
My congratulations to Port Moody playwright Hiro Kanagawa on his Governor General's Award for Indian Arm. His talents are helping to ensure that we are uniquely poised to show the world how First Nations and settlers' communities can reconcile and move together toward a brighter future for us all.
Connecting to my community is important. All summer and fall, I've been listening to feedback from people at community events. Hearing what you have to say at the Coquitlam Farmers Market, or working with neighbours at events like Unity Port Moody's community clean-up of Rocky Point is grounding.

My office is here to help. Contact us.

When you contact my community office, my staff and I will do everything we can to assist. Your confidentiality is respected at all time. To give you a better idea of how we can help, please review the following information.
 
What my Community Office can help you with:
  • Provide information on locating government services and contact information
  • Assist in understanding government policies and services
  • Assist in navigating through government bureaucracy
  • Ensure due process is being followed
  • Attend community events
  • Accept practicum students
  • Provide congratulatory and greeting messages
  • Provide government documents, legislation discussion papers and other web-based forms if you don’t have internet access
  • Resolve issues you may be having with provincial ministries or agencies. However, by law, there are some things we cannot help you with.
We can help you if:
  • You are a resident of the Port Moody-Coquitlam riding; and,
  • Your matter is with the provincial government.
We have a temporary office and
will have a permanent office in the near future:
 
301-220 Brew Street, Port Moody, BC V3J 0H6
604.917.0470 | Rick.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca


Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm
(except holidays)
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