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Afghanistan Veterans  Mr. Speaker, this past week, my city honoured the 2,800 Canadian veterans of the war in Afghanistan, 159 of whom paid the supreme sacrifice. More than 400 soldiers came from Hamilton military units. Four of them lost their lives. The tribute is a permanent monument, located at t

June 9th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Madam Speaker, that is profound insight into the overlying question of how we will advance with our American friends. I would point out for my friend from Guelph that the commerce secretary for President Trump is Wilbur Ross. He is a member of the board of ArcelorMittal. He knows

May 5th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for his participation and interest. I would point out that in his city of Regina, EVRAZ has just been named to provide 75% of the Trans Mountain pipeline steel, which will go between Edmonton and Burnaby, British Columbia. That news came forward

May 5th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Madam Speaker, the finance minister has a tradition that when he makes his first budget speech, he has a new pair of shoes. Since this is my first speech to the budget, I have decided to implement a new tradition and I have a new tie, which was created by Inuit artist Aoudla Pudl

May 5th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Innovation, Science and Economic Development  Madam Speaker, most electricity is transmitted throughout the world, thanks to the innovations of a remarkable man named Nikola Tesla. In 1898, a group of Hamilton businessmen consulted with the young genius to build a generating station 35 miles away at DeCew Falls, which brou

May 5th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I am glad there was mention of tourism, because we heard some statements from across the way saying that measures we have taken would negatively impact on tourism. I would argue that this may be the greatest year in the history of Canada for tourism in view of not on

May 4th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, internal documents from Canada Revenue Agency show that it cut some of its most highly trained staff and folded international tax evasion units because of the 2014 budget freeze. Senior managers and trained auditors who were considered among the most highly skilled

March 7th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Preclearance Act, 2016  Mr. Speaker, in reviewing the current legislation, obviously it will always involve changes in different approaches to how those security clearances take place. In the interests of both Canadian and American officials, we want to have a harmonized bill that satisfies the needs of

February 24th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Preclearance Act, 2016  Mr. Speaker, whatever legislation existed in the past, we are in a brave new world. We have different situations. I would suggest members get a newspaper or watch the news. The world is a different world than the one I grew up in and the one when the Sleeping Car to Trieste took

February 24th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Preclearance Act, 2016  Mr. Speaker, would you care to weigh in on the subject? I want to assure my colleagues on the other side of the House that the government is fully aware of the concerns of all Canadians and North Americans about security issues. We would not allow legislation to go forward that

February 24th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Preclearance Act, 2016  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to address this topic. Going back to an earlier comment by my colleague across the way, I regularly take the train to New York, but I do not take it from Canada because there is up to two hours of delay at the border with the Toronto to New York service

February 24th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Bernie Custis  Mr. Speaker, the city of Hamilton has its own unique place in the history of black Canadians. Sadly, part of that history was lost yesterday with the passing of Bernie Custis. In 1951, Bernie Custis began his professional career with the Hamilton Tiger Cats as pro football's fi

February 24th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Religious Freedom  Mr. Speaker, between 2012 and 2015, hate crimes against Muslims in Canada doubled, reaffirming the need for this House to take a stand against Islamophobia. In my own city of Hamilton, there was an arson attack on a mosque last September. While some members of this House would l

February 16th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Honourable Lincoln Alexander  Mr. Speaker, it is appropriate that this month we acknowledge the first black man to sit in this Parliament, a man I was proud to call a friend, the Honourable Lincoln Alexander. I was a radio reporter covering the 1968 federal election in Linc's campaign office the night he wo

February 8th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Water Quality  Madam Speaker, I thank all the members who spoke today and previously, the members for Brandon—Souris, Trois-Rivières, Mégantic—L'Érable, and Lac-Saint-Louis. I am touched by the government's willingness to move forward on a difficult subject. Our discussions on Motion No. 69 an

February 7th, 2017House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal