CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Rachel Blaney, MP for North Island—Powell River and the NDP’s Critic for Seniors, has announced her support for Jagmeet Singh’s bid to lead the New Democratic Party of Canada.
“The next leader of Canada’s NDP must be someone who will draw people to our party. Someone who will fearlessly face the challenges of the 2019 election. We need a leader who will be inclusive in caucus, who will understand that regional outreach is key to our future success and continue to build the party across Canada. I know Jagmeet Singh is that leader,” said Blaney.
“While running my nomination campaign, our team knew how important it was to draw new people from diverse communities to the party. Reaching out and engaging new members led to an increase in excitement for everyone,” Blaney continued. “I see this in Jagmeet’s campaign and it makes me confident for 2019!”
“Jagmeet is a team player and consensus-builder. He is a great listener, with a keen interest in hearing and integrating others’ experiences. We’ve had important discussions about rural ridings and the impact that a lack of federal interest has in these regions. Jagmeet always listens carefully and asks thoughtful questions about the needs of these regions.” noted Blaney.
“As Leader, Jagmeet will bring New Democrats together, lead us as we focus on outreach, and communicate with Canadians in an innovative, exciting way. With Jagmeet as Leader our party will ready to take on Trudeau’s Liberals in 2019” added Blaney.
NDP Leadership Candidate Jagmeet Singh was humbled to accept MP Rachel Blaney’s endorsement. “I’m honoured to have Rachel’s support. First in the non-profit sector and then as an MP, Rachel has worked tirelessly to strengthen communities through welcoming newcomers and responsible development. Rachel is a strong environmental advocate and has a powerful record of meaningful dialogue with First Nations communities. I’m so glad to have her on the team." said Jagmeet.
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Jagmeet Singh is a candidate for the leader of Canada’s NDP. He has been a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario since 2011 and was Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario. Prior to his election, he practiced as a defense attorney. He has always stood up for the most vulnerable and has been active on a variety of human rights issues. As a member of Parliament, he made himself known for his work on precarious work and the fight against racial profiling.
Rachel Blaney is MP for North Island—Powell River and the NDP’s Critic for Seniors. An award-winning non-profit professional, Rachel has worked as an employment officer for the Homalco First Nation and, until her election, as Executive Director of the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Rachel believes we can build a stronger local economy by supporting small business, protecting our environment and engaging in meaningful dialogue with First Nations. She is a passionate advocate for responsible development that helps smaller communities thrive.
The NDP leadership race to replace Thomas Mulcair kicked off last summer. Candidates include Jagmeet Singh, Niki Ashton, Guy Caron and Charlie Angus. The first ballot will open on September 18, 2017 and by mid October 2017 the NDP will have a new leader.