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Justice  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the child-focused approach of this legislation. It is really important that we acknowledge that during these difficult times children need to be at the centre of the conversation. This legislation also includes a lot of discussion around reducing child

October 4th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I would like to take a moment to mention the fact that today is my son's 20th birthday and say happy birthday to Henry. One of the hardest parts for all people in the House, and so many people across Canada who have to work away from home, is not being with their lov

October 4th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, today I am tabling a petition, largely from members of my riding in Port Hardy and Port McNeill, who have serious concerns and are calling to see the withdrawal of Bill C-27, an act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act. People in my riding are very concerned.

October 2nd, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Seniors  Mr. Speaker, Canadian seniors are active in their communities, contributing so much to society, yet too many are being left behind. Families struggle to support their elderly loved ones. Seniors poverty is on the rise. Too many are left to decide between buying food or buying med

October 1st, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Multiculturalism Act  Mr. Speaker, I am glad to have the opportunity to speak to the bill before us today. Before I discuss the contents of the bill, I would like to put on the record the incredible work my colleagues in the NDP's Quebec caucus are doing day in and day out to ensure the issues that m

September 26th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, Dr. Lynn Gehl is an outspoken advocate for removing sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act, and was herself impacted by an unstated paternity policy that still remains today. Dr. Gehl went to court to win her battle against a hierarchy that should not even exist.

September 26th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Canada Revenue Agency  Mr. Speaker, I want to point out the fact that it was 18,000 seniors in Atlantic Canada who had to wait. I also want to point out again, when I look at the story that I just shared, that this family has been waiting since May to find out what is going to happen with their GIS. Th

September 25th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Canada Revenue Agency  Mr. Speaker, I am here because in the spring I asked about the 18,000 low-income seniors, largely in Atlantic Canada who did their job, filed their taxes on time and expected that the government would do its job and make sure they would receive their GIS on time. This did not hap

September 25th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his impassioned speech. In my riding of North Island—Powell River, I have numerous veterans I work with frequently. I can think of one right now who has a service dog that really helps him with his post-traumatic stress disorder. He cannot fi

September 25th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have many veterans in my riding. Actually, today is the birthday of one of them. I want to wish a happy birthday to Max. This summer, Max went to a camp called Camp My Way, where he had a great experience dealing with the issues he has around his post-traumatic str

September 25th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, well, this certainly does not feel like respect to many indigenous communities across the country. The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is calling for the Prime Minister to accept the Federal Court's decision once and for all and cancel the expansion of this d

September 25th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, the main point that I think needs to be said really clearly is that Canadians simply cannot wait. I talk to people across Canada about their health challenges and the expense of their health challenges. Families have loved ones who need a certain amount of medical ca

September 24th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, I am here today because Canadians simply cannot wait for pharmacare. Last spring, I asked the Prime Minister in the House about the urgent need for pharmacare in the face of so many people in the country not filling their prescriptions and with the Parliamentary Budg

September 24th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, when it comes to Trans Mountain, the Minister of Natural Resources said that the Liberals should have engaged in “meaningful dialogue” with indigenous peoples. He is right. He should have, and they did not. The indigenous communities confirmed that there was not a m

September 24th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I encourage the member to read the decision, where it is very clear that it was only note-takers, not decision-makers. When it comes to actually having consultation, it is imperative that we finally see a two-way discussion, which in meaningful consultation happens.

September 24th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP