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Points of Order  Madam Speaker, I rise on a quick point of order to remind people in the House that we should be respectful in communicating. Referring to indigenous populations as “our indigenous people” or “our indigenous communities” continues the colonial perspective. Therefore, I encourage m

December 7th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, that is not all. Here is some more bad news. Yesterday, the Liberals rejected a resolution passed by the first nations chiefs to amend the Criminal Code to outlaw sterilization. How can this be truth and reconciliation? The UN Committee Against Torture has confir

December 7th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, today the UN Committee Against Torture released a report confirming what we have known all along. Indigenous women continue to be coerced into sterilization in Canada. This is sickening. While the Liberal government continues to speak its empty talking points, in

December 7th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Violence against Women  Madam Speaker, yesterday, many people stood in this House to acknowledge the beautiful women taken from the world much too soon 29 years ago. ln my riding of North Island—Powell River, several events happened to acknowledge these deaths and violence against women. ln Powell Rive

December 7th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Women, Peace and Security Ambassador  Madam Speaker, today I am honoured to speak to Motion No. 163 regarding a plan to appoint a women, peace and security ambassador. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the member for Etobicoke Centre for putting this motion forward. Before I get into the content of this

December 6th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Prior means before, Mr. Speaker. When Chief Judy Wilson asked the Prime Minister a question about indigenous consultation, the Prime Minister not only failed to refer to her as chief, but completely minimized her concerns. The British Columbia chiefs said his response was "an ov

December 6th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the government does not seem to understand what free, prior and informed consent means. Indigenous leaders have been clear. The Trans Mountain expansion cannot go ahead without the consent of the impacted communities. The courts have been clear: The Prime Minister f

December 6th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to be speaking to Motion No. 151, which addresses an important issue for the people in my riding of North Island—Powell River, and that is plastics and the impact they have on the waters that sustain our communities across Canada and across the worl

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, the member made an interesting speech. I especially appreciated the loudness of his voice at the end that let us know how serious he was about what he was saying. I agree with the member that pay equity is really important. We know that when we make sure that women

November 29th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, as the senior spokesperson for the NDP, one of the things my office deals with very frequently is elderly senior women who are in desperate poverty. They are dealing with issues such as needing to find resources to access health care and to pay for their medication.

November 29th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, there was an interesting delay in the middle of the member's speech, but things like that happen every day for all of us. I appreciated the grace with which he dealt with that. As a member who represents a rural and remote riding, one of the challenges of the commun

November 29th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With respect to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for the period since January 1, 2017: (a) how many seniors of 75 and older get GIS in Canada; (b) how many eligible seniors at 75 and older are not receiving the GIS; (c) how many seniors a

November 28th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, I certainly do hope that help is on the way because so many people are falling through terrible cracks. I sat with Pat in her not very warm and friendly hotel and she talked about how the community around her was doing everything they could to support her and how gra

November 27th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, I am here today because I asked a question of the minister about a woman in my riding named Pat. Pat is now 80 and was desperately ill. In fact, her family was not certain how long she would be with us. The good news is that Pat got better. The bad news is that dur

November 27th, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, in the early 1970s, the NDP asked the Liberal government how it was possible that in Canada, indigenous women were being sterilized. There was no answer. In 1976, same question, same answer. In 2015, indigenous women came forward in Saskatchewan saying they felt pres

November 22nd, 2018House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP