MP Rachel Blaney

Blaney Questions Ongoing Policy On Ferry Vehicle Passengers

Dec 9, 2020 | Politics | 0 comments

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney has sent yet another letter to federal Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau about Transport Canada’s order prohibiting passengers from remaining in their vehicles during sailings if parked on a closed deck. The letter comes after it was reported that Transport Canada is reviewing over 1000 reports of passengers disobeying the order.


In the letter Blaney questions the value and logic of using ministry resources to process and potentially punish “people who are simply doing their best to follow public health orders and keep their contact with others to a minimum”.


During the first wave of the pandemic, Transport Canada provided an exemption to allow passengers to remain in their vehicles throughout the sailing in order to avoid the often busy stairwells, elevators and passenger decks of BC Ferries vessels. However, as Blaney noted, the federal department has refused to extend or reapply the exemption during the second wave, despite BC experiencing much higher case counts and infection rates than there were in the spring.


“How bad does the exposure risk have to get before you reinstate the exemption so that people, goods and services can continue to reach our coastal communities while limiting the spread of COVID-19?”

Rachel Blaney, MP

Only NDP MPs Will Bring In Pharmacare, Housing and Climate Action

Only NDP MPs Will Bring In Pharmacare, Housing and Climate Action

At a town hall meeting in Courtenay on Sunday evening, long-time New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen called on voters to unite around the NDP to stop an Andrew Scheer-led Conservative government – and bring universal pharmacare, affordable housing and a strong climate action plan to Vancouver Island.

“We have powerful and effective MPs in Rachel Blaney and Gord Johns,” said Cullen. “They have proven they can stop Conservatives, and they have proven they get things done for coastal communities.”

Person’s Day Lunch

Person’s Day Lunch

All Courtenay-Alberni and North Island Powell River candidates in the Oct 21federal
election will attend the 4th Annual Persons Day Lunch on October 18. Each first will
respond to a pre-question: “if elected, what would you do to reduce gender inequities in

Climate to take Centre Stage in Courtenay All-Candidates Forum

Climate to take Centre Stage in Courtenay All-Candidates Forum

On Friday, October 4, residents of the Courtenay-Alberni riding have an opportunity to hear where their candidates stand on the issue at an all-candidates forum titled ‘Canada and the Climate Crisis.’ Join the conversation at 6:30 p.m at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. If you wish to attend indicate you are going on Facebook: Space is limited to 400 people.

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