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Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the member started his speech by talking about changing the classification of an inmate. In my last intervention, I talked about the rule of law. One of the elements of the rule of law is that elected officials do not take part in those types of decisions. The justic

December 10th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, in response to the question from the hon. member for Winnipeg North, the member started talking about the role of the justice minister in a particular case. I have heard the speeches from the hon. member. I have seen some of his tweets questioning the rule of law in

December 10th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Niagara West, my neighbour in the Niagara region, spoke about a potential provision that was released by the Leader of the Opposition in regards to bail. He makes it seem as if everyone is eligible for bail all the time, which is not necessarily tru

December 10th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to acknowledge the hon. parliamentary secretary's passion on environmental issues. I represent the riding of St. Catharines on the shores of Lake Ontario. Many of us have a great commitment to water, the cleanliness of water and the impact of plastics

December 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, I look behind me and I see the hon. member for the Northwest Territories who is a strong leader in his community. He supports this and that is good for me.

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, in the Niagara region, we are very proud of something called the greenbelt. It protects the environment. It protects green spaces against development. It protects farmland. It is shocking that the hon. member poses this question, because the people in Niagara respe

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, the point of the bill is to put control of resources and protection of the environment in the hands of those most impacted by it. The bill would undo what the previous government did, which is unconscionable and shameful. This is part of reconciliation. It is an im

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, I take the point of the hon. member for the Northwest Territories that it is sparsely populated. Reacting to a spill would be difficult. It would take a significant amount of time, if it were even possible based on the weather conditions. That is why this is not ri

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, today, as we begin second reading debate on Bill C-88, an act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act and to make consequential amendments to other acts, I will use my time to focus on the proposed amendments to

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Poverty Reduction Act  Mr. Speaker, the member talked about her passion to see the end of poverty. I would like to ask her about one particular policy, which was the increase in the age to receive old age security and the guaranteed income supplement. The previous government changed the age from 65 to

November 30th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Best Buddies  Mr. Speaker, Best Buddies is an international program that has operated for over 50 years and now has 2,500 chapters worldwide. Today, I rise to speak about one of them. Niagara's chapter of the Best Buddies program partners with students at Brock University, and provides opportu

November 30th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Madam Speaker, the hon. member was all over the place with a lot of different points. Unfortunately, I will not have time to address issues like the carbon tax supported by pinko commie Preston Manning and other Conservatives. I will not get into that. I will not get into his mis

November 27th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Baseball Hall of Fame  Mr. Speaker, two years ago I rose to shed light on a baseball player worthy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Tim Raines. While he made it to Cooperstown, there is another former Expo who deserves to be there. Larry Walker played 17 seasons, winning the batting title t

November 21st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I will have to respectfully disagree. We are fixing the problem. There are two different methods in two different courts, one at the superior court and one at the provincial court. Provincial court matters move quicker and if Crown attorneys know at the end of the da

November 20th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I thank the parliamentary secretary and the committee for their incredible work on this. This bill speaks to a whole host of issues throughout the justice system, be it bail, juries and the like. I am very pleased to support this bill and at the end of the day, I h

November 20th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal