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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

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives say we are moving too fast on this legislation and the New Democrats say we are moving too slowly, so we must be doing it at the appropriate speed. This was a campaign commitment we made to Canadians and, quite plainly, we are fulfilling that commi

November 21st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today in support of Bill C-45, the proposed cannabis act as amended by the Standing Committee on Health. I support this legislation, in particular because Canada's historic approach to dealing with cannabis is simply not working. My remarks toda

November 21st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member talked about cannabis as an intoxicant, and he is correct. He said it impairs, and he is right about that. He said it has potentially adverse impacts. He is right about that. He also said that innocent people will be killed, and that is his rationale

November 21st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, our government has committed to legalizing, strictly regulating, and restricting access to cannabis. Through a public health approach, we are maximizing education and minimizing harm. Can the Minister of Health please update the House on her efforts to raise awarene

November 9th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of the House  Mr. Speaker, there have been some discussions among the parties and if you seek it, I think you will find unanimous consent for the following motion. That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, when the House adjourns on Thursday, November 9, 2017,

November 7th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the hon. member about the indexing of the Canada child benefit in the budget implementation act. We know the Canada child benefit has had positive impacts across the country, including in the hon. member's riding. Could he could tell us what he ha

November 7th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, the member has been a public servant his entire life, serving his community in Toronto and rising to chief of police. I was wondering if he could tell the House what he has heard from other chiefs of police and what the government is doing to assist police forces in

November 7th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Madam Speaker, the hon. member talks about reducing of poverty. The government came forward with the Canada child benefit. It has had a significant impact on child poverty, and it will be indexed to the cost of inflation in this new budget implementation bill. I know it will impr

November 7th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Madam Speaker, it would be irresponsible for the government to not engage in the largest economy in the world. This will benefit Canadians. This will have results. Our plan is having results and it is working. We have the fastest-growing economy in the G7. I hope the member suppo

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal