Tuesday, January 30, 2024

As House of Commons resumes, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP takes on additional post for NDP

Skeeaa-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach has been assigned some
additional Standing Committee duties in Ottawa

With election speculation building in the national capital, Members of Parliament settled back into the desks in Ottawa on Monday morning, the day marking the return to duties for the current session of the House of Commons.

Among those ready to tackle the 2024 agenda, was Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach, with  the Northwest MP having now taken on some additional duties for the NDP with his return.  

That as part of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.

The Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP is the only NDP member of the eleven member committee.

Mr. Bachrach noted of what is ahead  for his new duties as part of the Monday committee session.

Among some of his commentary upon joining the committee, was to speak out again over the concerns of small business  owners related to the CEBA repayment call that is currently underway by the Federal Government.

It's a topic he noted prior to his return to Ottawa

On Monday, Bachrach noted of some of the challenges and the perfect storm facing a number of Northwest Businesses and the strain that the repayment issue putting on their operations. 

"This created a perfect storm for many small businesses in our communities and what they're asking for is something that they have been asking for, is eminently reasonable, a little bit more time to pay back the loans.

I don't think anyone is suggesting that businesses shouldn't be held to the terms of the original agreement, but they're looking for some more time.

So they can access that loan forgiveness that was one of the reason that they were willing to take on this debt in the first place" -- MP Taylor Bachrach in his debut with the Standing Committee on Government Operations

While he now has a focus on Government estimates and finances, he also will retain his place in the NDP caucus at Transport Critic, as well as to serve as a member of the Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Committee.

Both  posts should be valuable ones for Prince Rupert officials to keep tabs on, with the City of Prince Rupert still awaiting word on their ambitious request for 82 million dollars in funding for the City's range of waterline issues.

So far there has been no indication from Ottawa as to when a decision is anticipated towards the city's funding request.

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  1. So our MP is now a member of a committee that reviews the effectiveness of government operations. Talk about irony

    1. Just an MP doing his job. I don’t see any problem with that.

    2. The job his party told him to take instead of actually speaking on behalf of his constituents.
      Do you not find it embarrassing that a MP from Alberta raised a petition from members of Skeena Bulkley Valley and not MP Bachrach?
      His job is to relay constituents’ views to those in positions of authority. Safe to say he hasn’t done his job.

    3. What does that have to do with him being on a parliamentary committee?

    4. If he is not raising the concerns of the constituents in his riding. Why take a stretch assignment with a committee that produces reports on a decade worth of Governor General's Secretary travel expenditures.

    5. He's raised a lot of concerns for a lot of his constituents. Clearly you need to take a better look at what he's doing and get your facts right.

    6. After yesterday, Bulkley Valley hunters will disagree with you.
      Petition 441-02026 was raised by an Alberta MP on behalf of Bulkley Valley hunters.

    7. A problem with the petition may be that it falsely states: "The Trudeau government has attempted to ban and seize the hunting rifles and shotguns of millions of Canadians."

    8. That petition was raised by the citizens of Canada, no mention of the Bulkley Valley. 28 signatures already, yeah!

  2. Source - https://www.ourcommons.ca/documentviewer/en/44-1/house/sitting-271/hansard

    Mr. Damien Kurek (Battle River—Crowfoot, CPC):
    Mr. Speaker, as always, it is an honour to stand in this place and present petitions. I am presenting a unique petition today, because this particular petition was offered to the member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley, but he refused to present it in this place.
    Therefore, I stand on behalf of the people of Skeena—Bulkley Valley and present this petition that calls for a number of things, highlights the absurdity of Liberal gun rules and calls upon the Government of Canada to stop any and all current and future bans on hunting and sport shooting firearms.
    It is an honour to stand in this place on behalf of the people of Skeena—Bulkley Valley and represent them, because their MP certainly is not.

    1. What a bizarre statement, saying that he stands on behalf of the people of Skeena-Bulkley Valley who did not elect him and most of whom have probably never heard of him.