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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

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, this is the government that doubled funding to this particular program. There are more jobs. There are more hours. I was happy to hear from my friend, the hon. parliamentary secretary, that applications are at an all-time high. I am looking forward to seeing more

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, when I spoke with faith organizations, they raised concerns, but when I read the definition that I brought up in my speech, the concerns were lifted. That is important because faith organizations, the opposition members are right, are doing great work in our communit

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the rights within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are hard-earned, and we have members from the other side getting up in 2018 and still calling the LGBTQ2 community a lifestyle choice. In the eyes of the member who said those words, it would be fine to discriminat

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today, and correct the record on many of the inaccuracies being advanced by the opposition benches. The absurd theory suggested that this is a debate on values or religion is simply ridiculous. This is simply a matter of reading a definition on

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal