Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Your member of parliament for


Beaches-East York

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Your member of parliament for


Beaches-East York

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10 Ways Nate Made a Real Difference

1. Serious Climate Action

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

Hearing great ideas from Williamson Road’s Eco Club

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.  

His independence has been the subject of profiles in The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, CBC, and The National Post, and Nate has written about his role as a parliamentarian here.

3. Major Poverty Reduction

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 listened: the new Canada Workers Benefit increased annual support for the working poor by $700 million.

Making dinner for the Out of the Cold program

4. Saving lives through a public health approach to drug use

Nate called for a public health approach to the opioid crisis and introduced a bill to treat drug use as a health issue. The government approved almost 40 new safe consumption sites and invested $350 million including to expand treatment options. 

5. Strengthening Animal Protections

Nate’s been at the forefront of improving animal protections in Canada. He introduced the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, which was endorsed animal advocacy organizations across Canada and led to government action to address animal fighting and abuse, and ban the shark fin trade. He also helped found the Liberal Animal Welfare Caucus and seconded a bill to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins.

In 2016, Nate was recognized as the Humane Legislator of the Year by Animal Justice, in 2017, he received recognition from the Furbearers, and in 2019, he received an animal advocacy award from the TVA

6. Protecting Your Privacy

As vice-chair of the privacy committee, Nate introduced a bill to strengthen our privacy laws, and led both Canadian and international efforts to hold social media platforms accountable, address election interference, and protect privacy.

7. Supporting Reconciliation

Nate worked to address Indigenous child welfare and boil water advisories, helped to build a partnership with local Indigenous service organizations, and hosted a local Kitchi blanket exercise.

Kitchi Blanket Exercise at East Lynn Park

8. Local Engagement

Nate is a regular at community events, celebrations, and parades. He’s also hosted countless public events, including free film screenings at the Fox. We’ve had incredible guests, including the Water Brothers, Tanya Talaga, Phil Demers, Dr. Danielle Martin, the Woman Who Loves Giraffes, and Dr. David Jenkins.

East York Canada Day Parade

9. Defending Human Rights

Nate represented Canada and defended human rights at the United Nations and global parliamentary conferences, and called for action on the Rohingya refugee crisis. Here at home, he worked to reform Harper’s over-reaching anti-terror Bill C-51.

 

10. Recognizing and Helping Beaches-East York

Nate is a strong voice for local concerns, from work to shut down Your Ward News through Canada Post, to advocacy in support of gun control. Our office helped thousands of constituents with case files, and Nate recognized the local and national contributions of a number of our neighbours in the House of Commons, including veteran Guy Eisnor, long-time MGH volunteer Olive Dodds, cancer care advocate Helena Kirk, UV index inventor Tom McElroy, and a tribute to Reese Fallon. You can watch a complete set of these statements here.