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Emergency Preparedness  Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, because we have spoken a number of times and communicated over the weekend, we have, in fact, made arrangements to evacuate the people of Kashechewan from the impacted area, and we are arranging for accommodation in a number of communities across

May 9th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Emergency Preparedness  Mr. Speaker, we are very much engaged with the Province of Manitoba and the impacted communities. Flooding continues to affect multiple communities across the province due to high water levels on the Red River and its tributaries. We have been working very closely through our Gov

May 9th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, as the member would probably be aware, section 63 of the Emergencies Act actually requires the government to call a public inquiry within 60 days. We have fulfilled that requirement of the act. We have also moved to fulfill the requirement by directing the public inq

April 25th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, I am afraid that my friend opposite just presumes what Justice Rouleau will determine he requires in order to fulfill his requirements under the commission he now holds to conduct a public inquiry. I can assure the House we will provide all the support necessary to J

April 25th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, let me assure the member opposite that we are complying with all of the court's direction with respect to the provision of evidence. However, the member is also probably aware that there is certain information, such as lawyer-client privilege, which is respected and

April 25th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, I would simply remind the member opposite that we complied very precisely with the requirements of the Emergencies Act. We stood up, at the first opportunity, a committee of parliamentarians to examine, as is required by the act, the circumstances giving rise to the

April 25th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, when this country was faced with very real threats to critical infrastructure, our vital supply lines and the incredible disruption that was taking place right out here in the streets of Ottawa, our government did what was necessary and required to deal with that sit

April 25th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to respond to the member's question because I can assure her that, under the Public Inquiries Act, the commissioner of this inquiry will have very broad authorities, like the ability to compel witnesses and the production of documents, subject, as a

April 25th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Emergency Preparedness  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for his advocacy on behalf of his constituents. Right from the beginning of the terrible floods that took place in British Columbia, we have been there. We have been working with the people of British Columbia, with the provincial go

April 4th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, the Emergencies Act was brought in during the mid-1980s. In direct response to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in this country, it provides for rigorous parliamentary oversight both in this place and in the other place. It also provides for review and, most import

February 28th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, what I can very simply explain to my colleague across the way is that the emergency measures and the measures we provided to law enforcement worked. In fact, we saw the illegal blockades that were tormenting the people of Ottawa removed from the streets, and the thre

February 28th, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, although I appreciate the member's newfound New Democratic viewpoints, let me say this: The Emergencies Act is not the war measures act. A Progressive Conservative government, back when the Conservatives called themselves progressives, brought in this legislation, wh

February 21st, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, I think even the member opposite would acknowledge that, when we see the type of criminality that was taking place on the streets of Ottawa, and when we see the attacks on our critical infrastructure and the cutting off of vital supply lines into this country, it con

February 21st, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, what we have seen is another reversal: A party that once tried to characterize itself as a party of law and order has now abandoned all pretext of supporting law and order in this country. We have heard unequivocally from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

February 21st, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, the actions of the illegal blockaders at our critical infrastructure, at central trade corridors and even here on the streets of our nation's capital were causing great and lasting harm to our country, to our economy and to our citizens. This was clearly and unequivo

February 21st, 2022House debate

Bill BlairLiberal