At the outset of the health crisis, we were presented with the challenge of repatriating hundreds of Kootenay-Columbians who were trapped abroad and looking for a safe way home. Travelling constituents were facing more challenges than solutions at that time, however, my office was able to repatriate all of those who called on us for assistance.
I’m reminded of the vacationing couple in Guatemala who were located too far away from the main airport and under strict instructions from local authorities to not travel over land. When my office received the request for help there was no path for them to return home, however, with persistence and collaboration with Global Affairs, we were able to return this couple safely to their home in the riding. I’d like to acknowledge the assistance of Krissy Cote, a dedicated senior staff member in my Ottawa office, for working with me to repatriate these and so many other Kootenay-Columbians.