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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, reconciliation was one of the four pillars included in Canada 150 celebrations. Unfortunately, the Liberals told indigenous chef, Richard Francis, that sharing his traditional foods could not happen at a Canada 150 event. Touring the country for years sharing his tra

December 4th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Media Industry  Mr. Speaker, yesterday we learned that more than 30 local and community newspapers across the country will be shut down. The heritage minister has been talking the talk about the news industry crisis. She had options, yet she did nothing to prevent this disaster. Now she is sayin

November 28th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples, or UNDRIP, is a fundamental declaration that underlines the rights of the first peoples across the world. Recently, the Comox Valley Amnesty International group held an event in the K'ómoks First N

November 27th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, what I heard from the people of my riding of North Island—Powell River has unfortunately not changed from what I heard when I was knocking on doors in 2014-15. I definitely heard from too many women who told me they could not work. One woman in particular came to m

November 27th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I definitely have heard from the business community in my riding. I have heard repeatedly that these businesses are supportive of tax fairness, but they are not being consulted in a meaningful way. They feel that this could profoundly undermine their businesses. They

November 27th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, today we are in this House debating Bill C-63. This is the second bill to implement provisions of the budget. There are a few noteworthy elements in the bill that I will address today. Most importantly, my remarks will focus on what is not in the budget implementatio

November 27th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Homelessness  Madam Speaker, I am so proud to stand in the House today to speak to Motion No. 147. I am very grateful to the member for Saskatoon West for putting this forward. At the end of the day, we know that even with a national housing strategy, dealing with homelessness must be the ult

November 24th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, earlier this week, I had representatives of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities sit down and have a chat with me. One of their major concerns is the pace of the legalization of marijuana and how communities themselves have a lot of work to do to prepare. I wo

November 24th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Liberal government finally announced its housing strategy—

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Liberal government finally announced its national housing strategy, and you would be right to be confused, because earlier this month, when my bill on the right to housing was voted on, every single Liberal voted against it. In fact, the member for Cam

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Families, Children and Social Development  Mr. Speaker, Campaign 2000's latest report has confirmed, yet again, staggering rates of poverty for indigenous children, both on and off reserve. The message from today's parliamentary budget officer's report is equally clear. If the Liberals are really serious about addressing

November 21st, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, recently in my riding, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with several doctors. As the representative of North Island—Powell River, a huge challenge for us is attracting health care professionals to the region. The doctors talked about their concerns on the impa

November 8th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to accessing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) when a couple may be considered to be living apart for reasons beyond their control and when the couple didn’t qualify together at the married rate: (a) could couples qualify for GIS benefits at the individual rate i

November 8th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, today I would like to table a petition on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This is a very important issue and priority for the people of North Island—Powell River. I am honoured to represent such a large and diverse indige

November 8th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, over 235,000 people are without a home in our country. In Canada, housing should be a right. Liberals like to talk about the right to housing but are unwilling to enshrine it in law. Maybe this explains why not a single Liberal spoke on my bill, Bill C-325, during it

November 7th, 2017House debate

Rachel BlaneyNDP