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Democratic Institutions  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2) , I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the report “Cyber Threats To Canada's Democratic Process”.

June 16th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, Bill C-50 is exactly about transparency and openness in how all parties are undertaking fundraising in Canada right now. I want to underscore again that the Prime Minister has made himself available at no cost to tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, the member is quite right. This is about standards that would apply to all members of this House and all parties. The standards that are being put forth in Bill C-50 would ensure that fundraising events would be advertised ahead of time, that those who attend would h

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands for her excellent question and for her devotion to this place and this work. As I dwelt on in the opening part of my earlier speech, this government feels, and I personally feel, that political fundraising is a fundamental

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question and for his hard work in this place. We currently have a Prime Minister who is the most publicly accessible prime minister we have ever had, a prime minister who repeatedly and tirelessly goes out of his way to connect with Canadia

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I must say that it is very difficult for me and for Canadians to understand the member's concern about the fundraising efforts of my party, given that all the rules and laws have been followed, as the Ethics Commissioner has definitively stated. In fact, the same rul

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, another key pillar of our democracy is an active media. I truly appreciate the work the Canadian press does every day to keep our democracy accountable. We respect the role journalists play informing and educating Canadians about their leaders, and we respect their r

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today to speak to the bill to continue this government's important work to strengthen Canadian democracy. Bill C-50, an act to amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing), would foster a new era of openness in Canada's political parties

June 15th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, that is a curious characterization. This House has accepted amendments from the other place on numerous occasions and will continue to do so when those amendments are helpful to Canadians. Bill C-6 and Bill C-14, medical assistance in dying, are great examples. Th

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, as I have already said, gender parity is fundamental to our goals for all the democratic institutions in Canada. We are converging on that goal in a number of ways. We look forward to working with all members of the House who are interested in sorting out how we c

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, as we enter into and start to use this new merit-based appointment process, we must also remember that this is a process that also results in geographic diversity. This process allows plenty of room to accommodate diversity in all its forms.

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, right now we are extremely focused on engaging senators and improving both Houses. That is the path forward. Fundamental to that is this new process of merit-based appointments we have put in place. As these appointments continue, we will find that we have a Senate

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, we are actually coming very close to gender parity in our Senate appointment process. It is a goal we in the House all hold closely. As we go through this merit-based process, based on fairness and accomplishments and geographic representation, I think we are going

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, as we continue to appoint new senators to the chamber, based on merit, ability, and a track record of working hard for Canadians, we are going to see a much more productive and effective Senate.

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, a fundamental hallmark of the DNA of our government is the goal of achieving gender parity in all our democratic institutions. It can be taken for granted as written into all our objectives. As I already mentioned, we are on track for gender parity in the Senate.

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal