Blaney: Federal budget fails to deliver for North Island-Powell River

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April 13

Blaney introduces bill to combat food waste

This morning North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney introduced a private Member’s bill in the House of Commons to address the issue of food waste. Bill C-283 would establish a National Food Waste Awareness Day and tasks the Minister of Agriculture to establish a national strategy to reduce food waste in Canada.
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April 9

Blaney sends local budget priorities to Finance Minister

Today North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney provided Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland with a list of budget priorities based on the top issues being raised by constituents in our riding. Blaney’s letter to the Minister focused on six areas that require tangible measures in the upcoming budget: connectivity, climate change, housing, childcare, an aquaculture jobs transition plan, and poverty among seniors.
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March 21

Blaney and NDP plan to tackle student debt

Today, New Democrats presented their plan to help young people thrive instead of being buried in debt. The NDP plan includes putting a moratorium on student loan payments, cancelling up to $20,000 per student of federal student loan debt and giving new graduates a five-year head start without having to repay any federal student loan. While Justin Trudeau had to be forced to help students throughout the pandemic, the NDP has a plan that puts young people first.
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March 15

Blaney and BC opposition MPs press government to support mark selective fishery

Members of Parliament representing 25 BC ridings and three different opposition parties have co-signed a letter calling for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to enable a mark selective chinook fishery for the upcoming public fishing season.
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March 12

Coastal MPs oppose DFO regulation change to prawn fishery  

OTTAWA – Yesterday, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) changed a regulation to make the sale of spot prawns frozen-at-sea illegal. New Democrat MPs are echoing concerns from coastal communities, businesses, harvesters and local residents that this decision will devastate those relying on this industry for their livelihoods.
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March 2

Island NDP MPs present plan to support small businesses through COVID and beyond

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February 12

Blaney Motion Calls for a Sustainable and Equitable Future

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney wants to make sure that as the federal government continues to roll out funding and resources for COVID-19 relief and economic recovery, Canada’s rural, remote and resource-based communities get their fair share, and that it targets sustainable economic development in those regions.
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February 5

NDP propose to take profits out of long-term care and implement a Care Guarantee

The pandemic has shown Canadians the cost of government inaction and neglect in our health care system. Families have lost their loved ones in long-term care centers across the country. This morning, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh outlined the NDP’s plan to take profits out of long-term care and implement a Care Guarantee for our loved ones in long-term care.
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February 3

Blaney to host series of virtual townhalls for remote communities in her riding

The federal riding of North Island-Powell River is the third largest in BC and includes four regional districts, 11 municipalities, 21 First Nations, seven ferry routes and countless islands and inlets. Since the onset of the pandemic, MP Rachel Blaney has stopped travelling to visit many of the small, rural and remote communities in keeping with recommendations of public health officials and out of respect and concern for community safety. Instead, Blaney is hosting a series of virtual...
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