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.
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
Before the pandemic, Nate was a regular at community events, celebrations, 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 Demers, Dr. 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.