10 WAYS NATE MADE A REAL DIFFERENCE

1. Serious Climate Action

Nate called a climate emergency debate in Parliament, introduced a bill to reduce Canadian GHGs to net zero by 2050, and he’s been vocal both in Ottawa and locally for stronger action on climate change and plastic pollution. The government continues to increase its ambition and action (reducing projected 2030 emissions by over 40% since 2015), and its recent net zero accountability law built on Nate’s legislation and incorporated amendments that Nate proposed.

2. Principled Independence

Nate’s been a thoughtful and principled voice in the House of Commons. He’s stood up for constituents and respectfully disagreed with his party when it mattered.
His independence has been the subject of profiles in The Toronto StarThe Huffington PostCBC, and The National Post, and Nate has written about his role as a parliamentarian here.

3. Major Poverty Reduction

Nate served as the chair of the all-party anti-poverty caucus, and advocated for increased and automatic benefits for the working poor. Our government has listened: the Canada Workers Benefit has increased from $1.2 billion to almost $4 billion per year. The most recent change in Budget 2021 expanded eligibility to 1 million Canadians and will lift 100,000 more people out of poverty.

4. Saving Lives With A Public Health Approach To Drug Use

Nate called for a public health approach to the opioid crisis and he’s introduced two bills to treat drug use as a health issue. The government approved almost 40 new safe consumption sites, invested $350 million including to expand treatment options, and adopted one of Nate’s bills to deliver sensible drug policy reform.

5. Strengthening Animal Protections

Nate’s been at the forefront of improving animal protections in Canada. He introduced the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, which was endorsed animal advocacy organizations across Canada and led to government action to address animal fighting and abuse, and ban the shark fin trade. He also helped found the Liberal Animal Welfare Caucus and seconded a bill to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins.
In 2016, Nate was recognized as the Humane Legislator of the Year by Animal Justice, in 2017, he received recognition from the Furbearers, and in 2019, he received an animal advocacy award from the TVA.

6. Protecting Your Privacy

As vice-chair of the privacy committee, Nate introduced a bill to strengthen our privacy laws, and led both Canadian and international efforts to hold social media platforms accountableaddress election interference, and protect privacy. The government responded with Bill C-11 to modernize our privacy laws.

7. Supporting Reconciliation

Nate worked to address Indigenous child welfare and boil water advisories, helped to build a partnership with local Indigenous service organizations, and has elevated Indigenous voices through town halls and online conversations, including Tanya Talaga, Lindsay Kretschmer, Murray Sinclair, and Cindy Blackstock.

8. Local Engagement

Before the pandemic, Nate was a regular at community eventscelebrations, and parades. Throughout the pandemic, Nate has made himself available via regular Facebook live Q&As, and he and his team have worked tirelessly to support constituents and businesses in need.
Nate’s also worked hard to make our politics about ideas. Before the pandemic, he hosted countless public events, including free film screenings at the Fox. We’ve had incredible guests, including the Water Brothers, Phil DemersDr. Danielle Martin, the Woman Who Loves Giraffes, and Dr. David Jenkins. Since the pandemic, Nate began the Uncommons podcast, where he’s been joined by Ministers, Dr. Jane Goodall, Professor Joe Stiglitz, and many other guests over 90 episodes.

9. Defending Human Rights

In the last parliament, Nate represented Canada and defended human rights at the United Nations and global parliamentary conferences, and called for action on the Rohingya refugee crisis. Here at home, he worked to reform Harper’s over-reaching anti-terror Bill C-51. In this parliament, Nate worked across party lines to push the government to support the TRIPS waiver and better address global vaccine equity, and he’s been vocal about the need to increase support for international climate finance.

10. Recognizing and Helping Beaches East-York

Nate is a strong voice for local concerns, from work to shut down Your Ward News through Canada Post, to advocacy in support of gun control, to unending work to support constituents in need throughout the pandemic. Our office helped thousands of constituents with case files, and Nate recognized the local and national contributions of a number of our neighbours in the House of Commons, including veteran Guy Eisnor, long-time MGH volunteer Olive Doddscancer care advocate Helena KirkUV index inventor Tom McElroy, and a tribute to Reese Fallon. You can watch a complete set of these statements here.