Town Hall: Making Affordable Housing a Reality

Starts: November 10th, 2018 - 2:00pm
Where: Quadra Village Neighbourhood Gym (950 Kings Road)

Statistics Canada reveals that the median total income for a family living in Victoria has increased by about 64% between 2000 and 2016. Meanwhile, statistics from the Victoria Real Estate Board show that a single family home in Victoria has increased by over 380% over the last 20 years. The Canadian Rental Housing Index reveals that Victoria's lowest income group would need 159% additional income to make current rent affordable. 

Join MP Rankin with MLA Rob Fleming and Mayor Lisa Helps for an informative discussion on making affordable housing a reality in Victoria. Speakers include BC Non-Profit Housing Association Policy Director, Marika Albert, Senior Manager for Regional Housing at the CRD, Christine Culham. As always, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. 

Town Hall: Save Wild Salmon

With MP Murray Rankin and NDP Critic for Fisheries and Oceans Fin Donnelly

Starts: July 24th, 2018 - 7:00pm
Where: Cook Street Village Activity Centre

Diseased Atlantic farmed salmon in open net pens in the Pacific ocean are threatening the health of wild salmon. The industry knows it, the courts recognize it, and yet the government ignores it. More than 5,000 Canadians have written the Prime Minister demanding his government take action. The government's response: silence

Join MP Murray Rankin and NDP Critic for Fisheries, Ocean and Coast Guard, Fin Donnelly (MP for Port Moody-Coquitlam) to discuss how Canada can become a world leader in closed containment.

Victoria Pride Parade and Festival with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

Starts: July 8th, 2018 - 11:00am
Where: Government Street & Macdonald Park

This year, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will be joining MP Murray Rankin, MP Randall Garrison and MP Alistair MacGregor for Victoria Pride! They'll be marching in the parade down Government Street. Swing by the federal NDP booth afterwards at the Victoria Pride Festival held in MacDonald Park!

Parade begins at 11:00am. Festival begins at 1:00pm. 

Two Years Later: An Update on Medical Assistance in Dying

Starts: June 15th, 2018 - 7:00pm
Where: James Bay New Horizons

t's been two years since the federal government passed legislation that allows eligible Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying (Bill C-14). Vancouver Island has the highest MAiD rate in the country at 3-4%. The rest of the country averages at about 1%. Is Island Health the model for best practice? What issues and concerns are we facing? How are MDs finding the practice of MAiD? Are individuals finding it difficult to qualify for MAiD? These are some of the topics we will explore through a moderated panel with questions from the audience.

Panellists include:
Murray Rankin, Member of Parliament for Victoria
David Robertson, MD and Island Health's executive lead on MAiD

Stefanie Green, MD and founder of Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers
Konia Trouton, MD
Jeffrey Brooks, Chair of Dying with Dignity Victoria Chapter

Emergency Town Hall on Kinder Morgan

Starts: June 1st, 2018 - 5:30pm
Where: Victoria High School

The Liberal government announced today that they'll be handing over $4.5 billion of Canadian taxpayers' money to Texas oil company, Kinder Morgan, to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline's existing assets. The hefty price tag doesn't include the construction of the proposed expansion of the pipeline. Canadians' pension revenues in the Canada Pension Plan may be invested in the pipeline expansion.

This is shameful and irresponsible. The cost of meeting the shortfall for clean water on First Nations reserves is $3.2 billion. Instead, the Liberals want to buy a 65-year old pipeline for $4.5 billion that endangers the future of Victoria and the south coast of BC. Like you, Murray is extremely concerned about the risk of diluted bitumen oil spills. 

Tax Fairness Town Hall

Starts: March 6th, 2018 - 7:00pm
Where: Cook Street Village Activity Centre

Join Member of Parliament for Victoria Murray Rankin and Canadians for Tax Fairness co-founder Diana Gibson for a town hall on tax fairness and offshore tax havens. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Millions of hardworking Canadians pay their taxes on time and in full. Meanwhile, the wealthiest are able to avoid paying their fair share by stashing billions in offshore tax havens. That’s money we could spend on universal pharmacare, affordable child care, or tackling pollution and climate change.

End Pension Theft Townhall

With MP Murray Rankin and MP Scott Duvall

Starts: February 19th, 2018 - 7:00pm
Where: James Bay New Horizons

Join NDP MPs Murray Rankin (Victoria) and Scott Duvall (Hamilton Mountain) to discuss protecting workers' pensions.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. 

Day of Action

100 000 Conversations with Jagmeet Singh

Starts: November 18th, 2017 - 1:00pm
Where: Cornerstone Cafe

It's an exciting time to be a New Democrat. We now have recently elected leader Jagmeet Singh building the kind of momentum we need for a victory in 2019. We want you to be a part of it!

On November 18th, join us and New Democrats across the country in a National Day of Action as we launch Jagmeet's leadership and let people know that in 2019, Victoria is ready for a country that leaves no one behind.

Thanksgiving Shoreline Cleanup

Starts: October 7th, 2017 - 1:00pm
Where: Clover Point Park

Meet MP Rankin at Clover Point Park for a shoreline cleanup. Please dress for the weather, wear apprporiate footwear, and bring gloves if you have them. Bags and other supplies will be provided.

Town Hall on Electoral Reform

Starts: September 10th, 2016 - 3:00pm
Where: Victoria High School (auditorium)

Join me on September 10th from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Victoria High School (auditorium).

Special guests:

A public discussion on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Featuring Romeo Saganash, MP (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou), NDP critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs

Starts: September 7th, 2016 - 7:00pm
Where: Victoria City Hall Council Chambers

Mr. Saganash is a former leader of the Cree Nation and the first aboriginal MP elected in Quebec. Saganash spent 23 years at the United Nations negotiating the Declaration which was endorsed by Canada 2010. He currently has a bill before Parliament the would require its implementation. 

Seniors Roundtable with the Canadian Medical Association

Starts: August 25th, 2016 - 1:00pm
Where: James Bay New Horizons

Join Murray Rankin, MP for Victoria, and the Canadian Medical Association for a roundtable discussion on seniors care. This free and informative community event is open to all, so bring your friends and family!

For more information, please call Murray's community office at 250-363-3600.

MP Town Hall on the Federal Response to Physician Assisted Dying

Starts: March 5th, 2016 - 2:00pm
Where: Oak Bay United Church

Please join Victoria MP Murray Rankin to share your views on physician-assisted dying and palliative care, and to learn more about the federal response to the Supreme Court's Carter decision.

Murray is the Vice-Chair of Parliament's Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying. The committee will be submitting its report to Parliament on February 25, 2016. The report will be made available to the public that same day.

Forum on Seniors' Care

Hosted by Murray Rankin, NDP Health Critic and MP for Victoria

Starts: August 12th, 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: Cook Street Village Activity Centre


With the first of the baby-boom generation now reaching 65, Canada needs a national seniors' strategy involving the federal, provincial and territorial governments. Currently 14% of Canadians are over age 65, and that number is expected to grow to almost a quarter of the population by 2036.

Forum on Seniors' Care

Hosted by Murray Rankin, NDP Health Critic and MP for Victoria

Starts: August 12th, 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: Cook Street Village Activity Centre

With the first of the baby-boom generation now reaching 65, Canada needs a national seniors' strategy involving the federal, provincial and territorial governments. Currently 14% of Canadians are over age 65, and that number is expected to grow to almost a quarter of the population by 2036.

Please join me and William Cunningham, MD, Board Member of the Canadian Medical Association and Past-President of Doctors of BC for a discussion on the future of health care for Canada's aging population.

Celebrate Pride with your MPs

Starts: July 5th, 2015 - 11:30am
Where: Corner of Government and Pandora

Celebrate Victoria’s Pride Week with South Island New Democrats, led by Victoria’s Member of Parliament Murray Rankin and Esquimalt Juan de Fuca’s Member of Parliament Randall Garrison!

With five out-and-proud MPs leading the way, New Democrats are fighting for full LGBTQ equality.

The end of home mail delivery: what does it mean for Oak Bay?

A town hall with Oak Bay residents and elected representatives

Starts: July 2nd, 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: Oak Bay United Church

Canada Post's plan to eliminate home mail service is now being implemented in Victoria's V9A postal code. Murray has raised concerns with Canada Post about how this change will impact seniors, people with disabilities, small businesses, and others, and met with the mayors of Victoria and Oak Bay to hear their concerns about its effects on parking, municipal budgets, and more.

Coffeeshop Q&A with Murray Rankin

Starts: May 2nd, 2015 - 10:00am
Where: Picnic Coffee

Join MP Murray Rankin and Marika Albert, author of the Community Social Planning Council's 2015 Living Wage report for a conversation on issues affecting families in Victoria, from housing and childcare, to transportation and wages. 

Public Consultation on Bill C-51

Hosted by Randall Garrison and Murray Rankin

Starts: February 27th, 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: First Metropolitan United Church

What is in Stephen Harper's omnibus Bill C-51? Does it address the security threats we face? Could it undermine civil liberties and stifle lawful dissent and activism? And is there a better way forward to protect both security and freedoms?

Vic West Volunteer Canvass

Starts: February 21st, 2015 - 12:30pm
Where: Spiral Cafe

Join volunteers and Victoria MP Murray Rankin for a neighbourhood canvass to talk about affordable childcare and the end of home mail delivery for Vic West.

Meet at the Spiral Cafe at 12:30 p.m. Dress for the weather. All materials and training will be provided!

Environment Townhall

Meet Opposition environment critic Megan Leslie

Starts: February 15th, 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: Fairfield United Church

Join Official Opposition environment critic Megan Leslie and Victoria MP Murray Rankin for a public townhall on Canada’s environmental policies. 

Megan will be speaking about the Official Opposition’s alternative to Stephen Harper’s pipelines-first agenda: from a national carbon reduction plan and new Canadian leadership at the Paris climate summit, to ending oil and gas subsidies and creating an Environmental Bill of Rights for all Canadians.

Seniors' Townhall in James Bay

Starts: February 12th, 2015 - 3:30pm
Where: James Bay New Horizons Society

Join Members of Parliament Irene Mathyssen and Murray Rankin—Official Opposition critics for Seniors and Health, respectively—for a public discussion on how the federal government can support Canadian seniors: from health and housing, to pensions and financial security.

Seniors' Townhall in Oak Bay

Starts: February 12th, 2015 - 1:30pm
Where: Monterey Recreation Centre

Join Members of Parliament Irene Mathyssen and Murray Rankin—Official Opposition critics for Seniors and Health, respectively—for a public discussion on how the federal government can support Canadian seniors: from health and housing, to pensions and financial security.

Making Every Vote Count

A Townhall on Fixing Canadian Democracy

Starts: November 28th, 2014 - 7:00pm
Where: Alex Goolden Performance Hall

MAKING EVERY VOTE COUNT is a free public event on building true democracy in Canada, featuring special guest Craig Scott, an international human rights advocate and former adviser to Nelson Mandela's ANC during apartheid now serving as Democratic Reform Critic for Canada's Official Opposition.

Climate Change Day of Action

Let's finish what Jack started

Starts: July 17th, 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: 5 Corners in James Bay

To honour Jack Layton’s birthday next week, I’m helping organize a National Day of Action to build support for the Climate Change Accountability Act, a major piece of environmental legislation championed by Jack and recently reintroduced in Parliament by New Democrats.

Our plan would make Canada an international leade...r again by taking real action on climate change and reducing our emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Day of Action: Improving Retirement Security

Neighbourhood Canvassing in Fairfield

Starts: May 3rd, 2014 - 2:00pm

Are you worried about retirement security? Do you want to build support for an initiative to improve retirement security for all Canadians by boosting the Canada Pension Plan?

If so, I hope you'll join me and other volunteers for an afternoon of canvassing in Fairfield this weekend.

Taking Action on Violence Against Women

A community discussion on equality and ending violence against women

Starts: April 11th, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: Fellowship Hall, First Metropolitan United Church

Join us for a panel conversation with:

Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill, and NDP Official Opposition Critic for the Status of Women


Join Murray Rankin MP, Nathan Cullen MP and special guests to find out how we can work together to stop the Enbridge pipeline.

Starts: March 22nd, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and supertanker project would put BC’s coast, communities, and local economies at risk. The majority of British Columbians have said no - and now it’s time for Stephen Harper to listen.

Save Your Vote

Elections Act Public Consultation in Victoria

Starts: March 13th, 2014 - 7:00pm
Where: First Metropolitan United Church Fellowship Hall

For three weeks, NDP MP David Christopherson has led the fight on behalf of Canadians at committee and was able to secure the appearance of Chief Electoral Officer Mark Mayrand before a parliamentary committee on Thursday.

Unfortunately, Conservatives have been blocking every attempt by the NDP to hold cross country public consultations.

Public Meeting on Postal Service Changes

An open community consultation

Starts: January 13th, 2014 - 2:00pm
Where: James Bay New Horizons

On December 11, Canada Post announced its plan to eliminate home delivery, drastically increase postage rates, and eliminate up to 8,000 jobs across Canada.

These changes could have significant impacts on small business and individuals in Victoria, particularly seniors and persons with disabilities.

Holiday Open House

Starts: December 16th, 2013 - 4:00pm
Where: Community Office

Join our holiday open house, Monday, December 16th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Murray Rankin's Community Office at 1057 Fort Street.

Snacks and light refreshments will be served.

Townhall Meeting on Farmland Protection

"Hands off the ALR"

Starts: November 27th, 2013 - 7:00pm
Where: Mary Winspear Centre

I just wanted to remind everyone about an important townhall meeting this Wednesday on protecting the agricultural land reserve. Earlier this month, many of us heard the news that the Agricultural Land Commission may be dismantled and new powers given to the Oil and Gas Commission. The Agricultural Land Reserve was created nearly four decades ago by a New Democrat government in British Columbia to preserve prime agricultural areas for farming and food production. Since then, it has protected more than four million hectares of farmland from urban sprawl and re-development. I often talk to people in Victoria about how enormously important the future of the Agricultural Land Commission and Reserve is to them, and indeed all British Columbians. Protecting agricultural land is vital to promoting good, locally-grown food and to ensuring the sustainability and security of our food system across the province.

You can read more about the proposals to break up the commission in a Globe and Mail article here:

Retirement Security for All

Starts: November 15th, 2013 - 10:00am
Where: Cook Street Activity Centre

An informative discussion on pensions and retirement security in Canada with Tom Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition, Murray Rankin, the Official Opposition Critic for Pensions and National Revenue, Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca, and Lana Popham, MLA for Saanich South.

POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE: Let’s stop Conservative attacks on our environment and democracy

Join us for a public forum with Victoria MP Murray Rankin and NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie

Starts: October 3rd, 2013 - 7:00am

***Unfortunately, we had to postpone this event until a later date. Check my facebook, twitter and website for event updates. //

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Hosted by Murray Rankin, MP

Starts: September 28th, 2013 - 10:00am

On Saturday, September 28th, I will host a shoreline cleanup at Ogden Point as part of the 20th annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup!

From 10:00 am until 12 noon, we’ll be cleaning up a stretch of beach from the Breakwater east along Dallas Road to Menzies Street. Please join us!

Join Tom Mulcair, Murray Rankin and Randall Garrison at Smith's Pub

Starts: September 23rd, 2013 - 5:00pm
Where: Smith's Pub

Meet Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition
Murray Rankin, MP for Victoria
and Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Juan De Fuca
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Join the facebook event here:

Tom Muclair in Victoria!

Starts: August 30th, 2013 - 12:15pm
Where: Victoria Wharf

Earlier this month, Tom Mulcair announced he’d be hitting the road on a cross-country summer tour — and he’s coming to Victoria.

While Conservatives and Liberals continue to defend the privileges of their insider friends, New Democrats will be in your community standing up for middle-class Canadian families.

Building the Green Economy

Starts: June 15th, 2013 - 5:00pm
Where: Cook Street Village Activities Centre 380 Cook Street, Victoria, B.C.

A forum for green businesses, eco-friendly organizations and eco-savvy consumers.

Saturday June 15, 1-4pm

Murray Rankin's Office Open House

Starts: April 8th, 2013 - 8:00pm
Where: 1057 Fort Street, Victoria BC

Please stop by my office open house at our new location at 1057 Fort Street, in the Mosaic building. 

We'll be serving some light snacks and refreshments.