Report from Parliament Hill
Growing the arts and medical communities in the North
Bob Nault, MP, Kenora Riding
The North has some of our country’s most creative and talented artists. It is important that our communities foster and encourage this sector, because its success flows over into other sectors, such as tourism, and drives our economy. The artistic community comes in a variety of shapes, sounds, and mediums, and this diversity and variety is part of what makes it so wonderful and entertaining.
Last week, I was pleased to announce an investment of $1 million by the federal government for the construction of the Lake of the Woods Art Centre. This new gallery will be one of only two public galleries in the 1,400 km corridor between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the only public gallery in Kenora.
The new centre will allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful collection of artworks by Walter J. Phillips featuring scenes of Lake of the Woods. It will also serve as a gathering space for artists and art lovers and include artistic creation, programming and exhibits. The centre will be a fantastic addition to our community and this is perfect example of what is possible when community volunteers work together towards a common goal. The Museum Board was instrumental in this project and I want to commend them for their efforts.
Last week, the City of Kenora hosted the 13th Annual Northern Health Research Conference. We know that one of the biggest challenges we face living in the North is equal access to health care. The healthcare delivery models used in cities and more densely populated areas simply doesn’t work as well for us here in Northern Ontario.
I’m pleased that our government is committed to working with provincial and local governments, as well as Indigenous organizations to improve access to healthcare services for everyone. In order to provide affordable, culturally appropriate care, we must work together in the spirit of collaboration, alongside our provincial and municipal governments, as well as our Indigenous and Metis partners.
I want to conclude by acknowledging the efforts of Dr. Roger Strasser, who was instrumental in the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. As he completes his third and final term as Dean in June 2019, his hard work, dedication, and ingenuity in building NOSM from the ground up will not soon be forgotten. On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Northerners, I want to sincerely thank-you for your dedication and perseverance.
Collaboration is key: our communities throughout the riding thrive when we work together to improve the quality of life for everyone.