Nanaimo-Ladysmith’s new MP will be monitoring marine and mental health-related matters when Canadian Parliament reconvenes Nov. 22.
Lisa Marie Barron has been selected as federal NDP critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, as well as deputy critic for Mental Health and Addictions, the party announced in a press release today, Oct. 29.
The newly created mental health and addictions file will see Barron collaborating with critic Gord Johns, Courtenay-Alberni MP, the press release said.
Barron said she is looking forward to her new responsibilities.
“I am honoured to have been given these roles in the NDP caucus and I am excited about the work I will do in my new positions,” Barron said in the press release. “Being from a coastal community, I know the impact government decisions can have on people’s livelihoods in my community and on coastal communities across the country.
“In this role I will always consider the impact decisions have on the environment and conservation and will work in partnership with Indigenous communities.”
Jagmeet Singh, federal NDP leader, said he thinks Barron will represent the riding well.
“I am very excited to have Lisa Marie as part of our team in the coming Parliament,” Singh said in the press release. “People in coastal communities across Canada can count on Lisa Marie to fight for their jobs, their industries and to ensure conservation is taken seriously by this Liberal government.”