Bachrach Given Critic Role in Federal NDP Shadow Cabinet

John Crawford

Exactly one week after being sworn in as a Member of Parliament, Taylor Bachrach has been assigned his first critic's role in the federal NDP's Shadow Cabinet.

Party Leader Jagmeet Singh told a  Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting in Ottawa Wednesday morning that the former Smithers mayor has been named the NDP's critic for Infrastructure and Communities.

Singh says Bachrach's experience as mayor of a rural community gives him first-hand knowledge of the struggles municipalities are faced with in delivering for their residents.

[PHOTO:  Taylor Bachrach sworn in as MP, as his family, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Singh's wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu look on - Nov 19, 2019]

[PHOTO:  Taylor Bachrach sworn in as MP - Nov 19, 2019]

But Bachrach says larger municipalities also have urgent needs.

"I want to make sure that communities and municipalities of all sizes have the tools that they need to deliver the quality of life that their residents deserve, and certainly in some of Canada's larger centres, there are big infrastructure challenges, public transit projects, affordable housing -- things that are desperately needed," he said. 

Bachrach says his task will be to make sure federal resources are making it to the communities that need them. 

"It's an important role and it's one that I think builds on my experience in local government and I'm really looking forward to getting going and learning the file and advocating on behalf of communities of all sizes across the country," he said. 

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