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House of Commons  Mr. Speaker, I want to join my colleagues in offering you and your family my best wishes for the summer adjournment period. We have been able to achieve quite a bit in this spring sitting of Parliament, and have managed to pass important legislation and meaningful changes to ou

June 21st, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Business of the House  Mr. Speaker, I am seeking unanimous consent for the following motion. I move: That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House: (a) if Bill C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States, is concurred in a

June 21st, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, we have implemented a new, open, transparent, and merit-based appointment process. Our aim is to identify highly qualified candidates who will help achieve gender parity and truly reflect Canada's diversity. All Canadians can continue to apply for positions, which ar

June 20th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, as I have said many times in this place, we have put in place a new process, an open, transparent, merit-based process, where Canadians can apply for available positions, which are all posted online. I encourage all members to look into their communities to encourage

June 20th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Clerk of the House of Commons  moved: That pursuant to Standing Order 111.1, the House approve the appointment of Charles Robert as the Clerk of the House of Commons.

June 20th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Changes to the Standing Orders  Mr. Speaker, we were elected to this place to do important work. All members of Parliament have a responsibility to ensure they are representing their constituents. It is important. The commitments we made to Canadians in our election platform came from when this party was in th

June 19th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Changes to the Standing Orders  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate that the member responded to the discussion paper that I had shared in good faith and endeavoured to have some tough conversations on it. I appreciate the work she has done on this file. We have also made certain that the member will be able to participa

June 19th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Changes to the Standing Orders  Mr. Speaker, the opposition plays an essential role and the government has a responsibility to act on the mandate that it is given. This is about empowering all members of Parliament. Every member of Parliament was elected by his or her constituents to ensure that their voices we

June 19th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Changes to the Standing Orders  Mr. Speaker, these are exactly the kinds of discussions and conversations I was hoping to have when I released the discussion paper. I do believe that there are perspectives and opinions that members have to share, and can share, that would benefit this place and the work that al

June 19th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Changes to the Standing Orders  Mr. Speaker, as I have said always, my door is open. Hindsight is always 20/20. Were there ways that we could improve the process if all members could agree to work better together? We have demonstrated that we are able to work together. We have been having good, tough conversati

June 19th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Changes to the Standing Orders  Mr. Speaker, I also would like to thank the member for his hard work. I can assure you, Mr. Speaker, that we have been working very closely together and we have had some fruitful, meaningful conversations and I sincerely appreciate that. I know we can work better in this place. I

June 19th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Changes to the Standing Orders  moved: That the Standing Orders of the House of Commons be amended as follows: 1. That the following section be added after Standing Order 32. (6): “(7) Not later than twenty sitting days after the beginning of the second or subsequent session of a Parliament, a Minister

June 19th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, with regard to the announcement made by the government House leader, the GHL, on the evening of April 30, 2017, concerning a government motion proposing to amend the Standing Orders of the House of Commons, the government will be moving forward with the commitment to

June 16th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, this government is committed to supporting our job creators, which are small businesses. We made a commitment to Canadians that we will help our small businesses grow through innovation and trade, and that is exactly what we are doing. We know that when it comes to t

June 16th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Standing Orders of the House of Commons  Mr. Speaker, during the campaign, we promised to bring real change to Parliament to make it more efficient, open, and transparent. We made a specific commitment on how to achieve this. Yesterday I testified at a committee and I answered members' questions. We have a plan and I t

June 16th, 2017House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal