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Points of Order  Mr. Speaker, on the same point of order, I think the issue is that you are very strict with the amount of time that we get to ask our questions. At 35 seconds, we are cut off. If we do not get through the preamble and deliver the question, it is tough luck. We would like to have

December 11th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, I want to give the parliamentary secretary another chance to answer the question posed by my colleague from Vancouver Kingsway, because he neatly sidestepped it. First, no one in the NDP has made a claim that decriminalization is the only policy that will be a silve

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, in my opinion, the issue with respect to section 176 was just an oversight. It was a mistake that was quickly rectified by the committee. I think we are all glad that it was. This underlines how important committee work is in fixing bills. I want to move to the Sena

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, when I look at the existing text of Bill C-51, where it attempts to amend the Criminal Code with respect to consent, some of the main issues that the senators had, and I very much agree with them, was that while we had a clear definition of what consent meant, where

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, one of the happier moments in the deliberations on Bill C-51 was the decision by the committee to reinstate section 176 of the Criminal Code that goes after people who, by threat or force, unlawfully obstruct or prevent an officiant from celebrating a religious or sp

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, excuse me while I shed a few tears for the troubles of being in a majority government. The parliamentary secretary should have an inkling of understanding, because he once sat in this corner, of the vast amount of power a majority government wields in this place. Fra

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I recognize the deliberations that were made in favour of keeping the bill as is. However, when I was doing research for my speech on the bill today, I had the opportunity to look at the transcripts from the Senate's third reading debate on it. I was very moved by Se

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I will agree with my colleague from St. Albert—Edmonton. It is a real head-scratcher. He recalled a few hours ago that when Bill C-32 was introduced, the government made much fanfare. There was a huge press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons. A number o

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I did. I was not there for most of the committee's deliberations on Bill C-51 because of a family matter I had to deal with at home, but I was there for the clause-by-clause consideration. I moved an amendment at committee stage, which my Conservative colleagues su

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am rising today on behalf of the residents of southern coastal British Columbia who are greatly concerned about the anchorages that are being used as a parking lot for freighters around the southern Gulf Islands. The petitioners recognize that the ships that are s

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, with respect, I will have to disagree with my colleague. Yes, I agree there are some very substantive provisions in Bill C-75 and Bill C-51 which we do support. The problem is that in Bill C-75, the government rolled in those changes with other more contentious iss

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I am very happy to be participating in today's debate on Bill C-51. I find it unfortunate, however, that the government has again had to resort to time allocation on a justice bill. The bill passed the House of Commons. I was certainly one of the members who voted

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I did value my time with my hon. colleague at the justice committee last year. I was going through the Supreme Court's decision in J.A. It does acknowledge in that decision that the appropriate body to alter the law on consent in relation to sexual assault is Parli

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I am not satisfied with the minister's previous response to my question. We can look at the legislative track record of the Minister of Justice, starting with Bill C-28, the victim surcharge bill, which was rolled into Bill C-75. We had Bill C-32, which was rolled

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I have found myself, as a New Democrat, in the awkward position of agreeing with the work the Senate has done. I was one of those who voted in favour of Bill C-51, because I agree with the focus of the bill and the provisions in it. Ultimately, what the Senate has

December 10th, 2018House debate

Alistair MacGregorNDP