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Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to stand today and join in the second reading debate on private member's Bill C-375, an act to amend the Criminal Code. Before I begin my speech I would like to thank my hon. friend from Richmond Hill, who in caucus and throughout this Parliament h

December 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I believe if you seek it, you will find unanimous consent to see the clock as 1:30 p.m.

December 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, it is clear the member is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ2 community in her riding and beyond. I want to thank her for that, as well as all her colleagues in the NDP for the passionate work they do. I was fortunate to be here for the Prime Minister's apology. I

December 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Great Holiday Food Drive  Mr. Speaker, the Great Holiday Food Drive is an important annual event in St. Catharines that aims to stock our local food bank heading into the holidays. Demand is high, and volunteers throughout the community will pack the front lawn of city hall with generous donations from re

December 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. parliamentary secretary for his work on this file over so many years in office in this place. I had a unique perspective during the apology. I had the opportunity to look up at the gallery, see the faces of the individuals who had suff

December 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I request that the vote be deferred until the expiry of the time provided for government orders on Monday, December 11, 2017.

December 7th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, the first issue is a bit of a geography lesson. Members from the Conservative Party like to refer to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development as “the member for Toronto”. I think his constituents would be surprised to learn they live in Toronto.

December 7th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, in listening to the hon. member's speech, she was seemingly twisting herself into knots, both arguing for pay equity and, in this specific case, against it. I will give her the example of the Minister of Science, who is responsible for universities across the countr

December 7th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for his passionate speech on the topic. I have been listening throughout the day, and one of the interesting things I have not heard from the opposition, in terms of radicalization, is radicalization among the far right. I am w

December 4th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for her speech, and for her assistance in the procedure and House affairs committee recently. She spoke a lot about her riding and the issues facing her constituents and about working for those who are most vulnerable, which is w

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to correct one point by the hon. Conservative member when he talked about party leaders dressing up. It was interesting to see the hon. Conservative leader dress up as a Star Trek commander. It is nice to see the Conservatives interested in science. Tha

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for his speech. It was interesting, kind of all over the place, as if it was written by a Conservative talking points generator, going from one hit to the next. What the hon. member did not mention was an economy that is on fir

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Vimy Ridge Oak  Mr. Speaker, last week I was pleased to join Principal Gretsinger and the students and staff of Oakridge Public School to plant an English oak sapling. However, this was no ordinary oak sapling. As Callie Germain, an Oakridge student, noted, the Battle of Vimy Ridge was a signifi

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Cannabis Act  I will do one better, Mr. Speaker. My wife is a paediatrician, so I do hear it at home, and the hon. member is correct that individuals under the age of 25 should not use cannabis. However, prohibition has not worked. The Conservative Party said that we have tried nothing, and th

November 21st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the lead person behind this plan to regulate and control cannabis has been the hon. parliamentary secretary to the ministers of health and justice, a member of Parliament. Before he was here, he served 40 years in his community as a police officer and as the chief of

November 21st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal