Letter: Mask-less Coquitlam MP visits Legion and it's no laughing matter

The Editor,

Things have certainly changed since the federal election in 2019. I remember politicians visiting my mom’s retirement home in Port Coquitlam, no masks, no physical distancing, lots of handshakes.

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That was then, this is now. 

My mom’s retirement home in Port Coquitlam is attached to the Legion. When COVID-19 came at us in full force I knew that seniors, especially those in close living and dining quarters, would be at the greatest risk. When the Legion initially stayed open and people were coming and going seemingly unconcerned for the health and well-being of the seniors, I arranged to move my mom out and bring her to live with me.

Now I see that MP Nelly Shin (Con-Port Moody-Coquitlam) has proudly posted a photo of herself, on her own website, smiling, maybe a foot away from a senior, no mask in sight, except the one in her hand (clearly she had plenty if she wanted to put one on), at a local Legion.


It made my heart skip a beat thinking that could be my parent she might be carelessly infecting. To make matters worse, she has been travelling to Ottawa, or at least she was there to attend Parliament this week. I think it is fair to inquire from any MP during this time of essential travel only, how much travel they are in fact doing, especially if they are going to be exposing the community to unnecessary risks. 

Gale Dowle, Port Coquitlam


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