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Instruction to Committee on Bill C-71  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member from the other side gets up and misleads this House about what is in this legislation. Can she point to any part of Bill C-75 that would allow people to get off those particular types of offences? If she can show it, which she cannot, I will vote agai

June 4th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Instruction to Committee on Bill C-71  Mr. Speaker, a couple of members from the Conservative Party, even though we are debating a motion to instruct a committee on Bill C-71, mentioned Bill C-75 in regards to hybrid-type offences. That proposed legislation provides for a number of offences being turned into hybrid of

June 4th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Instruction to Committee on Bill C-71  Madam Speaker, I listened to the speech with great interest, and I appreciated the history lesson offered by the hon. member. She took us through a history of gun control in Canada. It seemed that every aspect of it was negative and that there is no benefit at all to gun control.

June 4th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Extension of Sitting Hours  Mr. Speaker, the member for Kingston and the Islands does a good job. This comes down to hard work. Constituents send us here to do hard work to get the job done. Opposition members must be heard. That is their right. Disagreement is welcome and vigorous debate is encouraged, bu

May 29th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I ask that the vote be deferred until Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the expiry of the time provided for oral questions.

May 10th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

In the Soil Arts Festival  Mr. Speaker, spring in downtown St. Catharines brings with it the In the Soil Arts Festival. This three-day festival brings together a wide range of Niagara artists, who provide an explosion of creativity and unique audience experiences. The festival nurtures the creation of new

May 9th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, my friend talked about the deficit. I wondered if he could point out in Hansard a time when he rose and condemned the Harper government for all those deficits it ran. It is probably zero. The member also mentioned that he wanted to clean up the environment, that

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Innovation and Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, colleges play an essential role in training Canadians with the skills they need to succeed in today's economy, and in helping local businesses innovate and create new jobs. In the Niagara region, through the community and college innovation program, small businesse

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Report  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. friend for his passionate speech about this issue. I know my other hon. friend, the hon. member for Kingston and the Islands, was quite excited to hear about John A. Macdonald during that speech, and that there should be more discussion

April 17th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, a few years back I was visiting Washington state. In Puget Sound, I had the opportunity to take a whale sightseeing tour. We followed a pod of orcas from Puget Sound all the way to within sight of Vancouver Island. It was impressive to watch these mammals travel this

March 29th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend spoke about reconciliation with indigenous people. I know there is not very much time, but I was wondering if he could expand on their importance to the government, as well as what the previous government did on that particular subject.

March 29th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

An Act in Relation to Firearms  Mr. Speaker, the member talks a lot about misinformation. Of course, we cannot accuse the Conservatives of blowing things way out of proportion. That would never happen. That is not something they would do. However, a Belleville newspaper reporter spoke to Ben Harvey who is a g

March 28th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

An Act in Relation to Firearms  Mr. Speaker, for whatever reason, the hon. member did not mention the significant funding increases that the RCMP and CBSA have received under this government, after years of cuts by the previous government. However, I will not ask him about that. I want to ask him about Ben Ha

March 28th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I rise to comment on the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development regarding Bill C-323. The report is the result of the decision taken last year by this House to refer the bill to committee for further study. Bill C-323 propo

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we hear Conservative speaker after Conservative speaker mention a Liberal “values test”, and that seems like code. They do not want to come out and say pro-choice. They do not want the Canadian public to find out, so they are trying to embed this code, “Liberal value

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal