MP Rechie Valdez is the Filipino voice we need in Parliament

Alongside fellow Liberal MP for Winnipeg North, Kevin Lamoureaux and MLA Cindy Lamoureaux, the Mississauga-Streetsville rookie MP used her two-day trip to Manitoba to visit Filipino communities in Steinbach and Winnipeg. MP Rechie Valdez is the first Filipino woman to be elected to the House of Commons.

Her visit to Manitoba was an opportunity to hear the concerns and issues facing Filipino communities across Canada. Filipino communities in rural Manitoba, Winnipeg have very different concerns as compared to the Filipino community in her own riding in Mississauga. She hopes to be a voice for Filipinos all across Canada.

As a former baker, foodie and entrepreneur, she was keen to highlight her experience and background and advocate for programs and initiatives to help Filipino entrepreneurs and business

Additional highlights of her visit to Winnipeg at the Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba included initiatives such as the Parliamentary Internship Program, April as Filipino Restaurant Food Month and big plans for the June Filipino Heritage Month. Stay tuned for additional program announcements in upcoming editions of the Filipino Journal.

Photo by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal