Dr. Marcus Powlowski was officially sworn in during a ceremony in West Block on Monday as the Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River in the 43rd Parliament of Canada.
Joined by his family and members of his community, Powlowski had the following to say after the ceremony: "Today I have been presented with one of the greatest honours of my life—the opportunity to represent our community in our nation's House of Commons.
"This is not a role I take lightly. Many generations of Canadians have given their lives to preserve our democracy.
"Every decision I make in Ottawa will put the people of Thunder Bay-Rainy River first. Despite the different interests in our communities, I believe we can all agree that we want our neighbourhoods to be safe, our hard work to matter when we are saving for our children's education, and our politicians to not just say they are listening to us, but to actually listen.
"That is why I plan to represent everyone—urban and rural, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, natural born and immigrant—in a fair way that respects our region's history, values and obligations to future generations.
“On this note, I am currently working with the House of Commons' administration to hire staff and prepare my constituency offices in Thunder Bay and Fort Frances to open in the coming weeks.”