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Justice  Mr. Speaker, if the Liberals were investing in fighting sex trafficking, why did they allow the national action plan and its funding to expire a year ago? They had a whole year to get their plan in place, and now we are one of the only countries in the western world that does not

December 11th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Justice  Mr. Speaker, earlier this month I highlighted the fact that every year, hundreds of young Canadian women, girls, and boys are lured into the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. I asked when the Liberal government would start fighting this horrific form of modern-day slavery. This

December 11th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, this is precisely my point. Again, it was not us saying that omnibus bills were a problem. It was the Liberals who championed this in their platform, and that is exactly what I am addressing today. The definition of omnibus bill, as the Liberals put it out in their

December 11th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, my point on the whole omnibus bill, even his defence of it not being an omnibus bill, is the very fact that this is what the Liberals ran on. They ran on the fact that they were not going to introduce omnibus bills, proceeded to introduce omnibus bills, and then said

December 11th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to rise today to speak to Bill C-51. The very words of Bill C-51 hearkens back to the last election. As I recall, the opposition at the time, which is now the government party, had made a lot of noise about a particular Bill C-51 in the last Parlia

December 11th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I noticed the member left out of his speech the fact that this is an omnibus bill. I was wondering, since the Liberals had promised not to introduce any omnibus legislation, how he justifies this bill.

December 11th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the fleet of automobiles purchased or leased by the government, since November 4, 2015, and located at Canadian missions abroad, broken down by automobile, and by mission: what is the (i) make, (ii) model, (iii) year of manufacture, (iv) is it owned or leased, (v)

December 11th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to the relationship between the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), the Standards Council of Canada and the Department of Industry, since January 1, 2016: (a) what role does the CSA play in the development or recommendation of regulations imposed by the Department o

December 4th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for his great speech. I agree with him that the universal child tax benefit is the best idea that has come across this country in a very long time. I am glad that the Liberals adopted that model and possibly improved upon it, a

December 1st, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Justice  Mr. Speaker, every year, hundreds of Canadian women are caught up in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking, yet since coming into power, the Liberals have allowed the fight against human trafficking to languish. They have allowed the national action plan to combat human traffickin

December 1st, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his great speech and would ask him his opinion of the nature of first nations' existence today, in particular, whether it is the nation-to-nation relationship that everyone continues to talk about. Does he think that is beyond Canada, or does h

November 30th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, I know my hon. colleague started off by talking about the consultations that will be taking place for the next phases of this bill. I was wondering about the principle behind these consultations. It seems that, if the government wants to drag its feet on something, i

November 30th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, at the very end of my speech, I said I am prepared to support the bill. The whole point of my speech was that a particular constituent of mine would not be helped whatsoever by this bill, even though her scenario is essentially the same one we are being told this bi

November 30th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, the member asked if it is imperative that the government act. One of my great critiques of the Liberal government is that it says a lot of nice things. It says the most amazing things, has crafted the words and made it just right. It has the terms just right, includi

November 30th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, that was a great speech by my colleague from Sarnia—Lambton. I know she is always a very passionate speaker and I very much appreciated her speech. I am proud to stand today to speak about this as well. The title of this bill, the elimination of sex-based inequities

November 30th, 2017House debate

Arnold ViersenConservative