Blaney tells Transport Minister to ensure refunds for cancelled flights

Airlines should be required to refund customers for flights that were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is the message sent yesterday to federal Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau from North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney.
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May 14

Blaney welcomes support for coastal fish harvesters

Today’s announcement of support for commercial fishers is welcome news for North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney.
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May 12

MP Blaney says government announcement for seniors falls short

“Todays announcement of a one-time boost for low-income seniors is better than nothing, but will not address the ongoing challenges faced by many seniors across Canada, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis,” says MP Rachel Blaney.
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May 5

Federal government must not let Veterans down during pandemic

CAMPBELL RIVER– This week marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, the liberation of Germany, and the end of WWII in Europe. Today, NDP critic for Veterans Affairs, Rachel Blaney, wrote to Minister MacAulay asking for financial help for organizations who provide services veterans need. 
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May 4

Blaney calls on ministers to fix programs leaving local businesses behind 

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April 24

MP Blaney calls for more support for seniors during COVID crisis

Earlier today North Island – Powell River MP Rachel Blaney sent a letter to Minister for Seniors Deb Schulte. In the letter Blaney expressed her concern that seniors are being left behind in the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and called for an immediate increase to OAS and GIS payments. “Seniors are the most vulnerable demographic at this time, yet the federal government has chosen to provide income supports to so many others ahead of seniors. At this...
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April 10

On accountability in the House during crisis time

As the House of Commons sits to pass its second round of emergency legislation to sustain Canadians through the COVID-19 crisis, MP Rachel Blaney is playing an extremely important part in all of this from her home. Rachel, in her role as party whip, has been tapped as the NDP’s lead on accountability measures and the role Parliament will play over the duration of the crisis.
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March 23

Blaney one of three NDP MPs joining emergency session of Parliament on Tuesday

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney will join NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and London-Fanshaw MP Lyndsay Mathyssen as the three NDP members in a reduced Parliament that will sit on Tuesday to pass legislation to enable the government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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March 11

MP Blaney celebrates national recognition for local business

Today in Ottawa, Aiguo Zhang of Campbell River’s White Hat Drycleaners was one of four businesses nationwide to be recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for innovative efforts to improve the integration of newcomers into the labour market.
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March 3

MP Blaney calls for support for coastal fishing communities

Moments ago, North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney published an open letter to Minister Bernadette Jordan calling for measures to support the public fishing and tourism industry that is critical to many coastal communities, and for a comprehensive and science-based plan to protect endangered Fraser River chinook. Minister Jordan sent a letter to stakeholders yesterday announcing planned regulations for public fishing of chinook salmon, effectively rolling over last...
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