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Viola Desmond  Mr. Speaker, this week we are celebrating a remarkable Nova Scotian, a Halifax hero, and the face of Canada's new $10 bill, Viola Desmond. Viola's 1946 story of being jailed and fined for sitting in a whites-only section of a theatre happened nine years before Rosa Parks refused

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, Angus “Gus” Cameron is a veteran and a devoted veterans advocate in Halifax. Last year, Mr. Cameron came to me because he and fellow veterans were rightly disappointed that the former Conservative government had cancelled the veterans identification card. To vetera

November 8th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism as well as his staff are involved in ongoing discussions with national indigenous organizations in their efforts to fulfill call to action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

November 5th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

HMCS Kootenay  Mr. Speaker, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 23 is HMCS Kootenay day. HMCS Kootenay was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1959 as a Restigouche-class destroyer, serving until 1995. Kootenay and her crew demonstrated great courage and ability. Sadly, she also faced

October 23rd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, as my hon. colleague heard me say in my remarks, it is not knowable what the cost will be yet, because many jurisdictions have yet to devise a system. There is a deadline in place, in September, when all the jurisdictions in Canada will have to have their pricing s

June 14th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, a very positive and unexpected result of the recession was a reduction in carbon. Of course, that was a wonderful silver lining to an otherwise very dark and grubby-looking cloud. We know that the way we are going to grow our economy and protect our environment i

June 14th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I also mentioned in my remarks that climate change will cost the Canadian economy $43 billion a year by 2050. Of course pricing carbon pollution has a cost, but that cost is put back into the economy, growing the economy and funding innovation in the green economy

June 14th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time today with the member for Hastings—Lennox and Addington. Around the world, the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly evident. Sea levels are rising, threatening coastal regions with increased erosion. Extreme events, like

June 14th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, I must say it is wonderful at long last to finally hear from a member on the opposition benches in a riding that actually touches the ocean. As the MP for Halifax, which includes the great fishing community of Sambro, people in Atlantic Canada remember the reckless

June 11th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Madam Speaker, while such a charge may make good theatre, it is simply not true. Canadians were fed up with tax dollars being wasted blatantly on partisan ads by the previous government. That was why we moved quickly in 2016 to ban partisan government ads and establish third-pa

June 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Madam Speaker, Canadians were sick of seeing their money wasted by the previous government on partisan advertising. This is why, in 2016, we prohibited all government advertising in the 90 days prior to an election. That is 90 days prior to the fixed date election and for any g

June 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Ron Hanlon  Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the too-soon passing of Ron Hanlon, a champion for the great city of Halifax. As CEO of the Halifax Partnership, the city's economic development agency, he was a tireless promoter of our city's potential. His leadership on the creation o

June 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, the NDP very admirably voted against the changes made in the previous government's Fair Elections Act. We would reverse those changes, and the NDP supports this. In fact, when discussing the reversal of the Fair Elections Act changes in The Hill Times, the member for

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, the pre-writ period changes we are envisioning, which run from June 30 until the writ is actually dropped, until the writ period proper, are intended to apply to political parties. These are changes to the Canada Elections Act and they do not impact government. That

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, the answer is a very simple “yes”. A number of measures within this very weighty bill are focused on the Canada Elections Act to help make election financing more transparent, to increase the access of eligible Canadians to the ballot box, and to in general allow Ele

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal