April 1st, 2020
MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq says the federal government must be ready to help people in Nunavut before COVID-19 hits
IQALUIT – With the first of the month just getting near, the NDP has written to the Prime Minister, renewing their call for a moratorium on rent, mortgage and utility payments amid COVID-19.
“Although no COVID-19 cases have been reported in Nunavut, we need to support physical distancing to lower the risk and we need to ensure we are ready when it does hit,” said NDP MP for Nunavut, Mumilaaq Qaqqaq. “The federal government must act to suspend rent, utility bills and mortgage payments and impose a moratorium on evictions to help people across the country. People should be focusing on staying safe and healthy at this difficult time instead of worrying about whether or not they can afford to keep their accommodations.”
The NDP has also been calling on the Liberals to step up and get serious about the reality facing communities in Nunavut, we see these glaring gaps especially during this pandemic. The lack of infrastructure, running clean water year-round, and the overcrowding in homes put northern communities at a much higher risk when the COVID-19 hits.
“Many remote communities depend on long travels to the south to receive basic health care treatment because of the lack of services on homelands,” said Qaqqaq. “People are worried about the lack of necessary facilities and services to help face the pandemic. This is where the government needs to have a plan that fits our reality. And act quickly.”