Rachel Blaney, Member of Parliament for North Island – Powell River, has been given a new role as the NDP’s Critic for Veterans Affairs. This will be in addition to her current roles of Critic for Seniors’ Issues and Vice-Chair of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee.
“As the MP for Comox and 19 Wing, I’ve worked closely with many from our armed forces communities and I am deeply concerned about how our current and past governments have treated service members when their duty has ended,” said Blaney.
Recalling the oath made by Prime Minister Robert Borden just over 100 years ago ‘That you need not fear that the government and the country will fail to show just appreciation of your service to the country’ Blaney reflects that “based on my many conversations with veterans, there is a feeling that this sacred oath has been broken.”
Blaney replaces neighbouring MP Gord Johns from Courtenay-Alberni, who is taking on the role of NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “I thank Gord for his work standing up for veterans and look forward to working with him in his new role which is another hugely important issue to the coastal communities I serve.”
Blaney looks forward to this new opportunity to engage with the brave individuals who have served our country. “How we care for our veterans, our seniors and our elders, those who have built this country, says a lot about who we are as a nation. Canadians are compassionate and respectful people. We deserve a government that reflects that.”