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Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, something I hear in my riding is that releasing members and veterans are concerned about the length of time it takes to get a decision on an application for disability benefits. It was reported that Veterans Affairs might be looking to change the deadlines for those

December 6th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Madam Speaker, I am always pleased to hear the interventions of my friend for Provencher, Manitoba. However, I want to point out the things that are happening. The member has mentioned several critical issues that are unfortunate. We hope to make better and make whole the economi

November 26th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Bosnia and Herzegovina  Mr. Speaker, November 25 marks the anniversary of the modern statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Hamilton, we have over one hundred ethno-cultural groups and languages, making it one of our nation's most diverse cities. Among these are families who originated in Bosnia and H

November 26th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Remembrance Day  Mr. Speaker, Remembrance Day this year falls in the dark shadow of the recent attack on Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Hateful impulses arise mostly from ignorance and the failure to understand, for instance, how Jews fought side by side with their

November 7th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Multilateral Instrument in Respect of Tax Conventions Act  Mr. Speaker, we are all familiar with our own statistics of the Canada child benefit. I am wondering if the statistics are correct for Timmins—James Bay, that 8,900 families receive benefits for a total amount in the 2016-17 year of $64 million. Would that be accurate? What perce

October 15th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, October is Women's History Month in Canada. During this month we celebrate the many accomplishments of women and girls in our country and are encouraged to learn more about the remarkable women and girls who have advanced gender equality for everyone. Could the Mini

October 1st, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Byron “Barney” Rawson  Mr. Speaker, Hamiltonian Byron Rawson was the youngest wing commander in the British Commonwealth during World War II. Barney, as he was known, was an 18-year-old McMaster student when he enlisted in the RCAF. By April 1945, he had piloted bombers in 51 missions and earned two Di

September 27th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we need to go through the process to find out exactly what the situation is and how it came to be where we are now. I have to say, again, with all due respect to my friend across the way, that we heard testimony in veterans affairs committee about years, going back

September 25th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, most members of Parliament will receive critical questions and remarks about services. We work with many veterans in our office. One of my staffers was walking in a shopping centre and encountered a gentleman we had been working with and asked how it had all worked o

September 25th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member across for his service in the RCMP. This is a terrible tragedy that has come to our attention. We feel the shock and disappointment that everyone does. Our minister has taken steps to see what the best outcome can be for Canadians and veterans. M

September 25th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Winnipeg Centre. I cannot imagine that there is a single heart in this place that does not go out to the family of Constable Campbell. We grieve with them and share the frustration of Canadians, who are upset that a conv

September 25th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Courtenay—Alberni not only for his speech today but for the tremendous, motivated work he does on the veterans committee. Sitting in the same meetings, we have heard the same testimony with regard to backlog. My question relates

September 25th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I would advise members on the other side that all of us became concerned when we heard about this. I believe the minister has said that the government is not going to be talking about the specific case, but that it is looking into the matter. I believe this happene

September 25th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present petition e-1455 in both official languages. The petitioners call on the Canadian government to seriously consider the reopening of the Canadian embassy in the beautiful and historic city of Sarajevo. The petition has been signed by hundreds

June 20th, 2018House debate

Bob BratinaLiberal

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