Environmental giant Rankin to Meet with North Okanagan-Shuswap constituents

Victoria MP Murray Rankin will join Jacqui Gingras in Vernon July 21 for an informative look at how Harper-government changes in a number of important areas will impact North Okanagan-Shuswap residents.

Mr. Rankin, accompanied by Carol Baird Ellan, a retired provincial judge who is running for the New Democrats in the Lower Mainland riding of Burnaby North – Seymour, plans to hold an informal discussion before hitting the bricks to help Jacqui, the NDP candidate for the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding, canvass in the Vernon community.
“It will be a treat to meet with Mr. Rankin and hear his views on the Harper government’s Secret Police legislation, how Harper has gutted environmental safeguards and also what $36 billion in health care cuts over the next decade will mean to our aging population,” said Gingras.

Rankin, the Official Opposition critic for health and chair of the NDP’s B.C. caucus, is also nationally recognized as an expert in environmental and public law.
He has also served as the Official Opposition critic for National Revenue and Pensions, led national initiatives to expand the Canada Pension Plan and tackle the problem of offshore tax havens. 
Ms. Baird Ellan is British Columbia’s first-ever female Provincial Court chief judge, serving from 2000 to 2005. She has served in a variety of judicial roles — from tax lawyer to crown counsel. Since 2012, she has devoted herself to providing affordable legal services and volunteering to help families in crisis.

A meet and greet for Mr. Rankin and Ms. Baird Ellan is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the NDP’s Community Office, [3023 30th Ave, Vernon], beginning at 4 p.m. Canvassing will follow at 5 p.m.

“Murray has dedicated his life to fighting for the environment,” said Gingras. “This is a great opportunity for citizens of all political stripes to come and hear his thoughts on what we could be doing to better protect it.”

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