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Small Business  Mr. Speaker, small businesses are the cornerstone of the Canadian economy. However, a recent World Economic Forum competitiveness report found that Canadian businesses already faced a heavy regulatory burden and inefficient bureaucracy. What the Liberals therefore did, besides

October 18th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Small Business  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals love to take credit for things that they were forced to do. They know full well that was a flip-flop and they were only forced to return to that tax cut, which the Conservatives put in place and they tried to take away. Small businesses continue to str

October 18th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Pension Benefits Standards Act  Mr. Speaker, imagine someone who has worked for 30 some years and has contributed to their workplace pension from every paycheque during that time. Obviously, that plan would be their plan for their golden years. It is a pension that would help pay for some of their expenses and

October 17th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has added its voice to the opposition of the Liberal carbon tax cash grab. Small businesses are struggling under this Prime Minister, and the carbon tax is only making things worse. More and more small businesses are fa

October 16th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, the government is doing horribly at all of those things. Small businesses continue to worry about being less competitive and about paying more. Maybe, eventually, the Liberals will realize that their carbon tax is killing our small businesses and will do what the CFI

October 16th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, we know the Prime Minister and his Ottawa Liberals could not care less about Alberta or about Albertans. While Albertans are struggling to find work, and people are losing their jobs, their homes and their businesses, the Liberals continue to sit on their hands and d

October 5th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I would say very clearly that domestic violence is one of the most hideous forms of violence we see in society. If a piece of legislation seeks to address that and tries to deal with that in a way that ensures the safety of all involved, particularly children, that i

October 4th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I disagree with the statement made by the member that something cannot be lengthy and wordy yet not have a great deal of substance. That would be a typical comment a person in the legal profession would make. Something can be wordy and complicated without accomplishi

October 4th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Justice  Mr. Speaker, in rising to speak to Bill C-78, I would like to start with a personal story, one that will probably surprise many in the House and even many back home in my community. I spent a number of years as a very young man as a single father. I raised by son, Quinn, who is

October 4th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, Canadian parents are often left to suffer alone after they have experienced the tragedy of pregnancy or infant loss and, worse, government programs are often causing them undue financial or emotional hardship. That is why Motion No. 110 was put forward. It asked the

October 4th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, while I have the floor, I have one other petition I would like to table. It is in regard to the cannabis legislation coming into effect in less than two weeks. There are still many questions surrounding how marijuana use will affect driving, and how it will impact t

October 4th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Spray Lake Sawmills  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the long-standing legacy of Spray Lake Sawmills in Cochrane, Alberta, as it celebrates its 75th anniversary. This family-owned business was founded in 1943 by Chester Mjolsness, who set up a permanent home for the sawmill in the town of Co

September 24th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, when knocking on doors in my riding this summer, I kept hearing frustration at the Prime Minister's continual failures: his failure to build a pipeline; his failure to support Canadian oil, and instead importing it from countries like Saudi Arabia; his failure to kee

September 19th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Orders 104 and 114 I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 68th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the membership of committees of the House. If the House gives its consent, I intend

September 18th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 67th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. The committee advises that pursuant to Standing Order 91.1(2), the subcommittee on private members' business met to consider the order f

June 20th, 2018House debate

Blake RichardsConservative