Thursday, November 28, 2019

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bacharach assigned critics role for Infrastructure and Communities

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP
Taylor Bachrach was assigned
his critic's role on Wednesday
As the Parliament Hill show ramps up towards an opening for next week, NDP leader Jagmeet Signh has been busy preparing to assign the roles that NDP MP's will take on as they sit as part of the minority parliament that came out of the Fall election.

For Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach, a familiar theme will be his to explore, with the NDP leader on Wednesday naming him the NDP critic for Infrastructure and Communities.

With but 24 MPs to choose from, being named to an NDP shadow position is akin to a participation medal at Sports Day (with everyone getting one).

However in this case, the position assigned to Mr. Bachrach is a good fit.

As a former Northwest Mayor with a high profile through his work with UBCM over the years, he will be more than familiar with the challenges facing communities not only across the Northwest, but across Canada when it comes to infrastructure and other issues.

That past experience at the municipal level was taken note of by Mr. Singh as he announced the Bachrach appointment on Wednesday.

“As families struggle to make ends meet, municipalities are being asked to do more and more with fewer resources. New Democrats will be partners in helping deliver for communities across the country. As a former mayor for a rural community, Taylor understands first-hand the struggles municipalities are faced with in delivering for their residents. As our new Critic for Infrastructure and Communities, I’m confident that Taylor will be a champion in this important work.”

The newly elected Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP greeted the news with enthusiasm and was already preparing to take on the duties which have been put on him.

"I’m honoured Jagmeet has selected me for this important role. I’m looking forward to working with all levels of government to ensure communities have what they need to thrive, and that Canada tackles the climate crisis, provides affordable housing, and creates opportunities through smart infrastructure investments.”

Mr. Bachrach also had the news cycle all to himself yesterday, with the NDP leader set to announce the rest of his Shadow Cabinet later today.

You can review the full statement from the NDP here.

The fist day for MP's to take to their desks will be December 5th, when Parliament resumes for a seven day sitting before they suspend affairs for the six week Holiday break.

For more items of note on the Federal scene for the Northwest see our archive page here.

A wider overview of the developments from Ottawa can be explored through our political blog D'Arcy McGee.

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