North Island–Powell River
Rachel Blaney has been elected as the NDP MP for North Island–Powell River. She has been named the party’s deputy critic for seniors, infrastructure and communities.
Blaney has lived and worked on Vancouver Island for over 20 years.
Blaney is a member of the Homalco First Nation and has worked for the band council. Her husband was the former Chief and still serves on council. Blaney wants to use her position as MP to facilitate between First Nations populations and other Canadians.
Before being elected to the House of Commons, Blaney was working as Executive Director of the Multicultural and Immigration Services Association. Under her leadership the association grew seven-fold and expanded throughout the North Island. It also won the Not-for-Profit of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce. She also advocated for better multicultural relations with the Conference Board of Canada’s Leadership Roundtable on Immigration and with the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC.
She has also been involved in the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC, the planning committee for the “Embracing Difference, Engaging Community” Symposium.
She had previously worked as an employment officer for the Homalco First Nation.
Blaney is passionate about environmental protection, youth advocacy, responsible development and resource management. She believes that strong economies can be built on small business, environmental protection, sustainable development and meaningful dialogue with First Nations.