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Fisheries Act  Madam Speaker, I want to note that it was Dickens, in Oliver Twist, in Mr. Bumble's voice, who said, “If the law says that, sir, then the law is an ass.” We read it in high school, and I just remembered it. That was a long time ago. I am curious about the statement that the loca

June 12th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the comments from my friend from Fort McMurray—Cold Lake. I am a little puzzled, and I wonder if he could share with us the current numbers for employment and business activity. In Hamilton, we are very proud to have one of the lowest unemployment rate

June 7th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Frederick Engelbrecht  Mr. Speaker, one of the last survivors of the Dieppe raid of World War II, my dear friend Frederick Engelbrecht, has died. Fred was 22 years old when the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry hit the beach in France on August 19, 1942. By that night, 916 soldiers were dead, including 19

June 4th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Commendation for Honesty  Mr. Speaker, the tragic event in Toronto has saddened us all, but we need to remember that there is so much goodness in our people that truly defines our nation. Recently a taxi driver from my riding found in his car $4,000 in cash in small bills. Tajamal Rana came to Canada ab

April 24th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate the member for Richmond Hill on a very well-researched presentation, especially in dealing with some of the numbers involved in the benefits that are being received by his constituents. I think many of us have crunched the numbers, and I know

April 18th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, as co-chair of the all-party steel caucus, I am proud to have hosted our Prime Minister in Hamilton earlier this month. We sat and talked with steelworkers from both ArcelorMittal Dofasco and Stelco, as well as union representatives and stakeholders. We heard first-

March 27th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we have not had one question about this in my particular office. I am wondering how many Canadians contacted the other offices in this regard. There are so many very important issues facing us. I am not sure what the general Canadian interest is in the question pose

March 22nd, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Robert “Bob” Morrow  Mr. Speaker, it is my sad duty but honour as well to share with the House the passing of one of Hamilton's and indeed Canada's great mayors, Robert “Bob” Morrow. Starting in 1982, Bob won six straight elections for a total of 18 years of service as mayor. Bob and I shared a lov

February 6th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I always appreciate the interventions of my friend across the way. The government's ultimate objective is to raise the quality of life for all Canadians. We hear often from members on the other side about what a terrible job the finance minister is doing. I had a

December 12th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Yosif Al-Hasnawi  Mr. Speaker, the city of Hamilton remains in shock and sorrow over the tragic and needless loss of a teenage Good Samaritan. Yosif Al-Hasnawi died after trying to help an older person who was being threatened on the street by two young men. Yosif was a 19-year old Brock Universi

December 11th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, I was intrigued by the comments of my friend from Thornhill. He is always a great presenter, although I thought he was reaching for the old joke about the law being like sausage; if we saw how it was made, we would never eat it. In this case, we are trying as hard a

December 5th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Department of Veterans Affairs Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend across the way for his obvious profound interest in the welfare and well-being of our veterans. That has been noted at the veterans committee. In light of what is presented here in Bill C-378, does my my friend across the way feel that we are takin

December 1st, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, today I stand in recognition of World AIDS Day, a day whereby we can all work together to reduce the stigma of this tragic illness and provide support to those affected by it. Can the Minister of Health please inform this House about what actions our government is t

December 1st, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Canadian Football League  Mr. Speaker, Canadian football was its best this weekend in two cities: Hamilton with the Vanier Cup, and Ottawa for the 105th Grey Cup. I have watched football for over 60 years and broadcast 500 games on radio over 20 seasons for the Cats or the Argonauts, so I believe I am qu

November 27th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-63, a bill to implement certain provisions of the budget. I want to first say how proud I am to be a colleague of the finance minister and to sit in the government with him. The finance minister has led what most people would understa

November 7th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal