(Special to TideChange)

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney has a growing list of concerns about the government of Justin Trudeau – and is also worried about the price Canadians will pay for thee apparent disrespect for democratic processes.

In a media teleconference on April 13, Blaney commented that the House was given a 300 page omnibus budget package – after Liberals promised to abandon the practice started by Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

“The budget requires 30 pieces of legislation to be changed, none of which are mentioned in the budget.”

Among the changes are measures which will raise the ceiling for foreign takeovers of Canadian industries to $1 billion. Blaney questioned how the government will ensure that any takeover translates into Canadian jobs and are in the country’s best interest.

The budget also does not address the issue of corporations hiding their money offshore so that they don’t pay their fare share, she said.

Regards the announced changes to the Criminal Code in relation to marijuana, Blaney declared that it was a good move, but it will take at least 15 months to implement.

“What happens in the meantime. What happens to people who are found in possession? Where is the legislation to carry through the interim?”

Blaney remarked that she is also concerned about long-delayed appointments to the Justice Department. Misdemeanours such as those related to marijuana, are clogging the courts, while big criminals are going free because too much time has passed. Crime, she said, is more important.

Although Blaney hadn’t seen the details of the marijuana legislation at the time of the conference, she was very concerned about how it would work, how communities will be kept safe and, not least of all, where the revenue from the sales would go.

“It should go into health care and services,” she stated.

She is still unhappy with the lack of any policy related to seniors and their housing needs.

Blaney will host the last of her Disability workshops on April 19, from 12-2 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay. The workshops provide seniors and those who are disabled with information on how to claim the Federal Disability Tax Credit.

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