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In addition to being your MLA, I am pleased to announce my new role as the President of the Manitoba section for the Americas region of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF). The APF is an international organization devoted to promoting the French language, strengthening solidarity among Francophone communities, and promoting democracy and human rights in the Francophone world. I am honoured to be a part of an organization that is doing outstanding work to keep the French language and Francophone communities alive and thriving. Not to mention, this position will only help strengthen my existing role as the PC Critic for Francophone Affairs.

At the beginning of the month, the NDP government released its very first budget. In Budget 2024, the NDP have noticeably chosen to cut the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community (ACSC) and Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) grant programs, both of which helped fund several community development projects and programs in Lorette, Ste. Anne, and across the Dawson Trail constituency over the years. With that said, I urge the NDP government to follow through on the $5 million that Premier Kinew promised to the community of Lorette for renovations to their arena.

Budget 2024 also states that the NDP will construct two new schools in Winnipeg. I am incredibly disappointed that the NDP government has decided to completely cancel the development of a new school and daycare facility for the community of Ste. Anne. Ste. Anne is a community with a growing population, whose need for child-care facilities and school spaces continues to rise. Currently, their education facility is overcrowded and contains multiple schools, serving students from kindergarten to grade 12. It is of utmost importance that Ste. Anne receives these facilities so they can continue to accommodate their growing population and provide their community members with the best education environment possible.

As your MLA, I will continue to advocate for the constituents of Dawson Trail and make sure that your concerns and voices are being heard.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office.

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