North Island—Powell River
Member of Parliament for North Island—Powell River
Rachel has served as Member of Parliament for North Island–Powell River since 2015. She is the NDP Whip, and critic for Seniors, for Veterans, and for Rural Economic Development. In all these roles Rachel is a strong voice in Parliament for those who are too often ignored by the federal government, and is dedicated to real solutions that improve people’s lives.
Before entering politics, Rachel was a community leader on Vancouver Island, serving as the Executive Director of the Immigrant Welcome Centre of North Vancouver Island and working collaboratively with a network of small businesses to support local economic growth.
Rachel has lived and worked in coastal communities for over 20 years, and is committed to protecting our ocean and coastlines, now and for generations to come. She lives in Campbell River with her husband, Chief Darren Blaney of the Homalco First Nation, and has two grown sons, a step-daughter, and four grandchildren.