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B.C. implementing salmon project Chamberlin helped create

In a major milestone toward saving BC's wild salmon and implementing UNDRIP, the BC government announced today that it would enact the Broughton First Nations Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Plan. This was among three projects announced that is a result of a shared decision making process between First Nations and the BC Government that Bob Chamberlin was a pivotal part of establishing.

“Wild salmon is so important to me and to everyone who lives on our coast,” said Bob Chamberlin, NDP Candidate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith. “Salmon have deep cultural significance as well as are vital to the health of our oceans and rivers. I’m am so proud to have been part creating a process that takes real action to protect wild salmon.”  

This process has resulted in the removal of fish farms from the Broughton Archipelago and a reduction of about half a million farmed fish that had been directly in wild salmon migration routes.  The Broughton First Nations Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Plan is part of a $143 million BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund that aims to work with the fish and seafood sector to protect wild salmon and other species as well as ensure good, sustainable jobs. This is the first ever process in Canada that employed the principles of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in it's formation. 

“The process between First Nations and the BC Government is exactly the type of leadership we need today,” said Chamberlin. “We don’t need people who talk about protecting our oceans and our environment - we need people who actually do it. We don’t need political parties to pay lip service to reconciliation – we need leaders who can actually put good intentions to work.” MORE

Bob Chamberlin launches campaign with a focus on affordability and sustainability

Bob Chamberlin

091519  Bob Chamberlin energized a standing room-only crowd ready to propel him to be the next Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

"I remember the struggles I faced as a single dad raising my son in Nanaimo, constantly worrying about balancing work with parenting and worrying about rent, bills and putting food on the table. Even though I struggled, things were so much more affordable back then, especially housing,” said Bob Chamberlin. “I decided to put my name forward to be the NDP candidate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith because we need a federal government that cares about the struggles of everyday people and makes serious investments in things like housing.”

The NDP is the only party fully committed to addressing this issue with a commitment to the creation of 500,000 more affordable, quality, energy-efficient housing units, including co-op housing over the next 10 years. This major investment will create 1,400 new units of affordable housing in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has also committed to making everyday costs more affordable for Canadians, starting with capping cell phone and internet billing.  

“We know that Canadians rely on cellphones and access to the internet in their day to day lives. But these essential services are becoming more expensive and less reliable,” said Singh. “Canadians pay some of the highest prices for mobile wireless and broadband subscriptions. Telecom companies are making billions of dollars on the backs of Canadian families. It doesn’t have to be this way.” 

Bob Chamberlin is committed to improving telecommunication services and making them more affordable for everyone. The NDP plain will introduce a price cap to ensure every Canadian saves money on their bill, well establish a Telecom Consumers’’ Bill of Rights, and will put an end to the egregious and outrageous sales and services practices of the telecom companies to protect Canadians.

For over 15 years as a First Nations leader, Bob Chamberlin has been at the forefront of every major environmental issue in BC. The NDP has committed to ending all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and to invest in a just transition to sustainable energy and an economy that works for everyone.

“Protecting our land and our waters is what I have always done,” said Chamberlin. “I have stood up to pipelines and tankers and was instrumental in establishing the agreement to remove fish farms from wild salmon migration routes in the Broughton Archipelago. Unlike other candidates, I haven’t been talking about protecting our environment or filming it from the sidelines, I have been making real progress to save our future.”