MP Barron calls for government to end open-net fish farms that continue to hurt marine life

NANAIMO — Today, NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lisa Marie Barron, wrote a letter to Minister Joyce Murray calling on her government to follow through on its promise to stop the use of open-net fish farms. Barron reiterated her call following an incident at the beginning of the month where a group of sea lions, including Steller Sea Lions, a species of concern, became trapped at Cermaq’s Rant Point fish farm. New Democrats are urging the minister...
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April 1

MP Barron demands justice for Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals 

OTTAWA — This week, NDP MP Lisa Marie Barron urged the federal government to invest in much-needed, clear timelines and required resources to implement the calls to justice of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). 
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March 14

NDP fighting for families in Nanaimo-Ladysmith struggling with the rising cost of living

NANAIMO– Families in Nanaimo-Ladysmith were already finding it hard to make ends meet with the high cost of housing and groceries, but last week, the Bank of Canada raised the interest rate, forcing families to pay even more interest while banks continue to make huge profits. Local NDP MP Lisa Marie Barron is urging the Liberal government to help families who are struggling.
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March 11

NDP bill would help address the toxic drug overdose crisis that continues to devastate communities on Vancouver Island

NANAIMO – Illicit drug toxicity is now the leading cause of unnatural death in B.C., according to a report from a panel of experts released this week. Today, NDP Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, MP Gord Johns, and NDP MP Lisa Marie Barron toured Nanaimo to see the effects of this crisis first hand. Johns recently tabled a bill which would decriminalize drug possession for personal use and expand access to crucial harm reduction, treatment and recovery services to help address the...
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March 4

NDP bill would support wild salmon populations and the communities that rely on them

OTTAWA - Today, the NDP Critic for Oceans, Fisheries and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lisa Marie Barron, tabled legislation to support wild salmon populations and Canadian fishers. Without urgent action, the declining wild salmon populations will have a devastating effect on British Columbia’s ecosystem and the future of people’s livelihoods.
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March 1

After months of suffering, Liberals finally listen to NDP calls and fix crisis facing seniors 

NANAIMO – Families on Vancouver Island are facing an unprecedented affordability crisis. Just last month, the average price of a single-family home in Nanaimo reached an historic high of over one million dollars, a 32 per cent increase from January 2021. This increase in cost in living has been incredibly difficult for seniors living with the lowest incomes. The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) cuts by the federal government have made things even worse for these seniors. For almost six...
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February 28

Communities need support from the federal government in the fight against climate change: NDP 

NANAIMO – While the Liberals drag their feet, people on Vancouver Island have had to endure the impacts of the climate emergency with extreme flooding this past fall. The NDP recently tabled a bill which would change the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to make the fight against the climate crisis its priority. The bank’s mandate would be to deliver support and resources to help the most marginalized communities hardest hit by the impacts of climate change, such as...
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February 26

Stand with Ukraine 

I condemn the terrible, unjustified, and unprovoked attacks on Ukraine by Russia over the last few days and President Putin’s flagrantly aggressive acts. I stand with the people of Ukraine. My NDP colleagues and I are urging the Liberal government to impose severe sanctions against Putin where he will feel it most. Putin’s aggressive actions need to be stopped. This includes sanctioning Canadian assets of Putin’s closest oligarchs and working with allied countries to work...
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February 24

Emergencies Act

I want to acknowledge those who have reached out regarding the Emergencies Act - I have heard you.
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February 17

Livelihoods and salmon population in coastal communities at serious risk without government action

OTTAWA – This week, during meetings of the Pacific Salmon Commission, the NDP critic for fisheries, oceans and the coast guard, Lisa Marie Barron, and MP Taylor Bachrach sent a letter calling on the federal government to protect B.C. wild salmon from Alaskan commercial fisheries. Their call comes in the wake of a recent report from Watershed Watch Salmon Society and SkeenaWild Conservation, which found that, while B.C. fishers are trying to allow the salmon populations to...
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