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Health  Seriously, Mr. Speaker, Canadians deserve action. The Liberals promised to implement pharmacare 21 years ago. This past weekend their party members called on the government to act. We have the PBO saying that national pharmacare would save Canadians billions of dollars, and the h

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, with exploding household debt and over half of Canadians on the brink of not being able to afford their bills, Canadians simply cannot afford to wait another 21 years. It is shameful that 34 years after medicare was introduced, our health care system still has this g

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, if we look at a lot of realities, we see that money is promised and then sometimes it does not flow as quickly as we need to see it. A lot of small communities across Canada are asking for the process to happen a little more quickly. They know that there are seriou

April 19th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for the work he has done on this very important issue. From people in my riding, I know this is something that comes up quite frequently. One of the first experiences I had was meeting with a woman who bought a van, because with her health

April 19th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, as this is my first opportunity to rise in this House, I just wanted to express my deepest sympathies and condolences for the Humboldt Broncos. This has been an incredibly impactful disaster in our country, and people are feeling it. I also want to take an opportu

April 19th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Report  Madam Speaker, I certainly have never been told I belong to an unholy alliance. It has been an interesting day for me in the House. For me, this is a relatively simple question, and I appreciate the amendment. It talks about something that is fundamentally important, which is t

April 17th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Report  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for bringing up this very important issue. The reality is that in the last election, the Liberals said that they were going to do things differently, that there was going to be more transparency, that there was going to be more accountability. H

April 17th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

An Act in Relation to Firearms  Madam Speaker, through you, I want to express my absolute disappointment. As a person who represents a rural riding, I am doing my due diligence in talking to my constituents and gathering information. Having this debate shortened so dramatically leaves less time for us to have t

March 27th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Pat Horgan and Jude Schooner  Mr. Speaker, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross said: The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of

March 26th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Committees of the House  Madam Speaker, I am rising on a point of order. There have been consultations, and I believe if you seek it you will find unanimous consent for the following motion: That the membership of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs be amended as follows: Mr. Kennedy

March 26th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Postal Banking System  Madam Speaker, I am very happy to stand here today as the representative of North Island—Powell River to speak on Motion No. 166. This motion is important to my riding; it is to set a special committee to study postal banking and propose a system of delivery under Canada Post. I

March 26th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Postal Banking System  Madam Speaker, the reality for so many Canadians is that they do not have access to banking. I think of urban areas, where people who are really struggling financially are working with payday lenders as opposed to banks. Communities, like the many I serve, that are rural and re

March 26th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

House debate  Mr. Speaker, I wanted to take this opportunity to make a short point of order, out of deep respect and thanks to all the people who are supporting us in doing this right now. The clerks have been amazing. I thank the staff in the restaurant, security, the bus services, the camera

March 23rd, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am incredibly proud and honoured to be standing in the House today to present a petition from the Village of Gold River. The petitioners, who are residents of the village of Gold River, British Columbia, request that the Government of Canada provide funding to sup

March 21st, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Canada Post  Mr. Speaker, there is nothing worse than not getting paid what one is owed. Actually, wait: There is nothing worse than being a small business that is not getting paid $29,000 by a crown corporation. That is right. Canada Post currently owes $29,000 in rent to a small Vancouver I

March 21st, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP