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Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, to some extent that is true. The incumbent always has the advantage. I mean, that is a given. If one is an incumbent in one's riding, one is well known, and has the name and the power right now. Therefore, in that sense, in theory, yes, the governing party should h

February 7th, 2018House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, I think that there are different ways to get donations. Yes, every Canadian citizen could write a cheque for $50 and send it in, no problem, but if the way a party is getting money is by giving personal time with the Prime Minister or a cabinet minister for 10 minu

February 7th, 2018House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, today I will be sharing my time with the member for Edmonton Griesbach. The Liberal Party's campaign platform literature attributes a quote to its leader as follows, “sunlight is the world’s best disinfectant. Liberals will shed new light on the government”. That

February 7th, 2018House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, the goal of parliamentarians is to bring forward legislation that is in the interest of society at large and the general protection of everyone in Canada. The ideal would be a situation in which the laws governing us are appreciated by and adhered to by all people

January 31st, 2018House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

First Responders and Canadian Forces  Mr. Speaker, brave Canadians at home and abroad accept the dangerous duty of protecting us, and their work does not end at Christmas. As we enjoy our holidays with family and friends, police officers and firefighters in our communities and our military members abroad will be away

December 6th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to the decision by the Ontario Superintendent of Financial Services to appoint Morneau Shepell as the administrator for the pension plan of Sears Canada Incorporated: (a) when did the Department of Finance first become aware of the decision; (b) which other department

December 4th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the travel of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and others to Stouffville, Ontario, on October 16, 2017: (a) what are the details of all expenditures related to the travel, including (i) transportation

December 4th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Arts Commons  Mr. Speaker, the performing arts contributes a bright swath to the cultural fabric of my home of Calgary. The Arts Commons in Calgary offers multiple performing spaces and is an important venue for artists. The Arts Commons is a member venue of the performing arts centre consorti

October 26th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

“City of Calgary”  Mr. Speaker, the “City of Calgary” is retiring. No, not my hard-working hometown, but rather a Boeing 747 airliner that has shared the city's name since 1989. Calgary aviation enthusiasts have been lobbying KLM to bring the plane to its namesake city before it is retired. I thin

October 18th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, the energy east pipeline has been cancelled, after the Liberals changed the rules for investors mid-process. Thousands of jobs and billions in revenue hinged on energy east, and those benefits will now evaporate due to the Liberals' mismanagement. The Liberals' fail

October 5th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Oil Tanker Moratorium Act  Madam Speaker, for some time now, from well before the by-election in April that brought me to this place, I have watched with a mix of resentment and regret as the Liberal government engages in what I have come to call “proxy politics” on the issue of pipelines. I say “resentmen

October 4th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Oil Tanker Moratorium Act  Mr. Speaker, Canadian oil is extracted and transported under some of the safest and most environmentally strict regulations in the world. Therefore, preventing our Canadian oil from reaching customers in other countries only serves to proliferate the use of oil products extracted

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, constituents in my riding of Calgary Heritage are expressing genuine concern about the cash grab the government is making at the expense of small-business owners. These measures penalize entrepreneurship and wrongly depict law-abiding small-business owners, who have

September 28th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, there are times where there is obviously very sensitive discussions that all governments have to face, whether dealing with foreign countries, or budget decisions, and so on. There is a line to be drawn and a certain period of time that things can not be out in the o

September 25th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, the member is right, that this is a tiny step forward, and that is good. We need a lot of steps forward. We need to move into the 21st century. This is 34 years old. At that time, everything was on paper. Now we live in a world that is full of technology and the gove

September 25th, 2017House debate

Bob BenzenConservative