NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to a crowd of supporters at Pizzeria Guerilla in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Health care, housing discussed as Singh makes campaign stop in Courtenay

Singh spent about an hour chatting during a Q&A in downtown Courtenay with supporters

With less than a month to the federal election, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh made a stop at a Courtenay restaurant Thursday afternoon for a question-and-answer period about health care with a group of supporters.

Singh spent about an hour chatting with a crowd of around 100 people inside Pizzeria Guerilla on 5th Street. He was introduced by Courtenay-Alberni NDP candidate Gord Johns.

Singh spoke for about 15 minutes prior to taking questions, primarily outlining his health care plan, particularly focusing on his proposed dental coverage for Canadians who make less than $70,000.

He also told supporters about his plan to help those who are struggling with housing with a rental subsidy – up to $5,000 for those families who find themselves on the brink of losing housing. He noted families should not have to choose between buying groceries or medication and paying rent.

“The housing crisis is not just a big urban center issue, it’s a crisis that’s impacting people up and down the Island, and across Canada.”

Singh took questions from the crowd on the opioid crisis, mental health funding and pharmacare.

The federal election is set for Oct. 21.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


NDP leader Jagmeet Singh hugs a supporter following a question about mental health funding for youth during his campaign stop in Courtenay. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Just Posted

Spring In The Garden: Natural disarray adds to the charm of the English cottage garden

Ellen Presley Special to The Record The cottage garden has had an… Continue reading

VIDEO: Community generosity helps Courtenay Elementary school replace stolen bikes

Community compassion, coupled with school connections, helped Courtenay Elementary restock its inventory… Continue reading

Comox Valley gives back

Comox Valley businesses, organizations and individuals helping improve the lives of others

Comox Valley playgrounds, outdoor fitness stations now open

School District 71 and Comox Valley local governments have reopened outdoor playgrounds… Continue reading

City of Courtenay outlines changes to property tax payment options due to COVID-19

Courtenay property tax notices were mailed on May 27-28, and will be… Continue reading

B.C. records four new COVID-19 cases, Abbotsford hospital outbreak cleared

Four senior home outbreaks also declared over, eight still active

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Friendly Cove and Kyuquot will remain closed until further notice

Transition of other B.C. communities will be monitored before a decision to ease restrictions

Gold River organizes a shop local initiative to creatively boost economy

Local purchases can earn shoppers $200 gift certificates to be spent on businesses within Gold River

Young killer whale untangles itself from trap line off Nanaimo shore

DFO marine mammal rescue unit arrived as whale broke free from prawn trap line

Proposed seniors residence awaits nod from Courtenay council

Courtenay council is allowing a bit more time for public feedback before… Continue reading

RCMP, coroner investigate murder-suicide on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

Most Read