Chamberlin and Singh make final press for byelection

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin met with local voters to talk about one of the key issues of the campaign: affordability. 

“Families that are just trying to get by aren’t being put first in Ottawa, and that’s wrong,” said Singh. “The Liberals have latched onto rich companies like Loblaws and SNC-Lavalin, while the Conservatives cozy up to big oil and gas – and regular people are paying the price.”

At a Friday morning coffee house, Singh said the Liberals and Conservatives showed their true colours in Parliament this week by saying no to an NDP proposal to put people’s needs ahead of corporate handouts.

“The people I’ve talked to during this campaign are frustrated,” said Chamberlin. “They see handouts and tax havens for rich corporations, but everyone else has to make due with higher costs and little help.”

Chamberlin said he heard the cynicism from people firsthand last week when it was revealed that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer held secret, day-long election strategy sessions with wealthy oil executives in Alberta. 

“Big oil is planning the next Conservative election campaign?” asked Chamberlin. “It’s bad enough that Trudeau’s Liberals spent billions on the Trans-Mountain pipeline – think about how much worse it could get for our climate and our pocketbooks under a Conservative government that owes the oil industry favours. We should be ending the billion dollar subsidies for the oil and gas industry, not cozying up to them. We should be investing now in good clean energy jobs instead. To make life better and more affordable for people, you have to have the guts to stand up to corporations that take advantage of us. And that’s what I’m determined to do.”

He also noted that earlier this week Conservative and Liberal MPs said no to an NDP plan that would stop huge subsidies to fossil fuel companies and other corporate handouts. The plan called on the Liberal government to recover the $12 million handout to Loblaws, and instead put the money toward the needs of people.

Singh has been on the campaign trail with Chamberlin since Wednesday, knocking on doors, mainstreeting, meeting seniors and students, and attending a boisterous roadside rally Thursday morning.

Singh back in Nanaimo in closing days of campaign

Bob Chamberlin

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is back in Nanaimo to campaign with Bob Chamberlin in the final days of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election.

Singh and Chamberlin will campaign on their key message that it’s time to put people’s needs ahead of corporate handouts. The NDP says the Liberals have let Canadians down, and the Conservatives would make things worse.

Singh’s visit comes on the heels of Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons, where the Conservatives and Liberals voted against an NDP motion to stop huge subsidies of fossil fuel companies and other corporate handouts. The motion called on the federal government to recover the $12 million handout to Loblaws, and instead put the money toward the needs of people.

While in Nanaimo, Singh and Chamberlin will canvass door to door, visit seniors’ homes and high schools, and talk to voters on the streets.

 Events include:

  • Wednesday, May 1, 3 pm – greeting students and parents as they leave high school
  • Thursday, May 2, 8 to 9 am – roadside rally at the corner of Comox and Terminal in downtown Nanaimo
  • Friday, May 3, 10:30 am – Coffee House on Affordability: better choices to put people first, at the White Rabbit Café, 321 Selby St, Nanaimo

NDP campaign office
486 Franklyn St, at the corner of Franklyn and Selby in downtown Nanaimo

Singh promotes plan for housing strategy

NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin and party leader Jagmeet Singh discuss housing.

The NDP’s plan to tackle the national housing crisis will provide direct relief to homebuyers and renters in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.
“Years of harmful decisions by Liberal and Conservative governments have sparked a national crisis in housing affordability,” said Singh in Nanaimo on Monday. “We need action now because too many people cannot find a home they can afford. That’s why the NDP would immediately start building 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing across the country.”
The NDP’s plan would create 1,400 new units of affordable housing in Nanaimo-Ladysmith. The units would include co-op housing, community, and affordable rental housing. The NDP has previously announced additional measures to make buying a home more affordable, including 30-year mortgages, making it easier to buy a home as a group, and extra help with closing costs.
“Our housing plan would put hundreds of people to work building the affordable housing that we so badly need,” said Bob Chamberlin, the NDP candidate in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election. “Increasing the supply of affordable housing would help reduce rents and housing costs throughout the community.”
Canada’s housing crisis was years in the making. The Liberals cancelled the national housing strategy in the 1990s, and this was followed by a decade of deep cuts inflicted by the Conservatives. Singh noted that B.C.’s NDP government has taken key measures to tackle housing affordability after 16 years of harmful decisions by the B.C. Liberals.
“But provinces and municipalities can’t solve this national crisis on their own,” added Singh. “We need a federal government that will do it’s share to make homes more affordable for Canadians.”

Jagmeet Singh and Chamberlin talk housing affordability

Jagmeet Singh

Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will hold a conversation on Monday about how the federal government can do more for affordable housing. It's open to the public, at the Bee’s Knees Café, 208 Wallace Street, at 6pm.
For more details or to RSVP, check out the Facebook event.

Chamberlin champions foot passenger ferry

Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidate Bob Chamberlin is calling on the federal government to move promptly on providing financial support for much-needed foot passenger ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver.

 In a letter to Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Chamberlin said he has talked to “hundreds of people who invariably agree that harbour to harbour ferry service would be of significant value to families, to local businesses, and to the economic development of the mid Island region.” 

 Chamberlin noted the provincial government has identified the harbour-to-harbour ferry service as a top priority for infrastructure funding. He applauded MLA Sheila Malcolmson, the former MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, for her leadership on the issue.

 “As MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, I will follow through on Sheila’s leadership for this ferry service,” he said. “She worked tirelessly with the federal and provincial governments to get all the pieces in place. Now we need the Federal government to deliver, and I will work to ensure that happens.”

NDP leader campaigning in Nanaimo on Monday

Jagmeet Singh

0401 - Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is campaigning in Nanaimo today with Bob Chamberlin, who won the party’s nomination contest on Saturday.

Singh said Chamberlin brings a wealth of leadership and has been an incredible voice not only on indigenous issues but also on affordability and quality of life for all Canadians.

“His leadership role that he’s played with indigenous communities shows that he’s got the ability to be a strong advocate, someone who’s willing to stand up for the community and what the community needs,” Singh said.

NDP nominates Chamberlin to contest May 6 byelection

Bob Chamberlin

0330 - Bob Chamberlin was elected Saturday by the NDP for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection.

He came out ahead of Lauren Semple, Maeve O’Byrne, and Fred Statham for the nomination.

Voters are returning to the polls for third time in seven months after former MP Malcolmson resigned to run successfuly for the legislature when MLA Leonard Krog stepped down to successfully run as Nanaimo’s mayor.

All parties have now named their candidates with John Hirst running for the Conservatives, Paul Manly for the Green Party, Michelle Corfield for the Liberals and Jennifer Clarke with the People’s Party of Canada.


Chamberlin seeking NDP nomination for byelection

Bob Chamberlin

0324 - High-profile Indigenous leader Bob Chamberlin is seeking the NDP candidacy in the federal riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

Chamberlin is the long-serving chief counsellor of a First Nation based on Gilford Island in the Broughton Archipelago off northeastern Vancouver Island and is also serving his third, three-year term as vice-president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.

Chamberlin says he has spent much of his life in the Nanaimo area and understands issues important to the riding such as affordable housing and child care, and a workable pharmacare system covering prescription drugs.

Nanaimo-Ladysmith is currently vacant after former New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January to run successfully for the provincial New Democrats in a byelection.

Chamberlin says that in his roles leading the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and as vice-president of the union of chiefs, he has worked with Liberal and Tory governments, served as chairman of several agencies and boards, and advocated on a range of issues.

“We can get better results for Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast, but it’s not going to happen under a Trudeau government that continually overlooks the practical needs of Canadians just looking to get by and needing to make their lives more affordable,” Chamberlin says in the news release.

Lauren Semple seeking NDP byelection nomination

Lauren Semple

0318 - Lauren Semple will seek the federal NDP nomination for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding. 

Semple has an extensive background in local activism. She has been event director for the last three Nanaimo Pride festivals, an organizer of the Nanaimo Women March On events the last two years, and was co-founder of Humanity in Community, which led the mural project at the old A&B Sound building.