SURREY-NEWTON MP Sukh Dhaliwal says he is introducing virtual meetings to ensure that local residents and their specific issues are taken care of amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
With his constituency office physically closed to the public, Dhaliwal has decided to use video conferencing via Skype and Whatsapp to facilitate requests for “face-to-face” meetings.
“Demands for information, assistance and time have only increased since physical distancing measures were put into place, and meetings where people have the opportunity to speak to me with visual interaction is more important than ever,” explains Dhaliwal.
Since first elected in 2006, Fridays have always been known as constituent meeting days, which is a year-round schedule that works with normal House of Commons duties in Ottawa.
For the sake of continuity, this will continue via the virtual option as of April 10.
“In times such as this, elected officials have a larger obligation to give people hope, peace of mind and advice to navigate the range of government programs and information that is being release every day,” adds Dhaliwal. “Our office has built up a national reputation as meeting people’s needs with swift action, and I am not going to let the current circumstances compromise the level of service people have come to expect.”