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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I understand, but people throughout their lives build their qualifications. Whether they have contributed to a political party or not, or whether they have switched sides, it is part of their education and background and what makes a person's character. The member

June 13th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, this is an open and transparent process. If it was not, these types of questions would not be coming forward. It is important to recognize that there are many different ways to address these issues. The process that we have in place has been working for us and it h

June 13th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it is important to remember that every party actually recognized that Madeleine Meilleur was one of the best, if not the best, qualified people for the job. That came across. We heard that from the NDP and from the Conservatives. They made it not an issue of her qual

June 13th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Châteauguay—Lacolle. I am pleased to take part in this debate today. The motion, while flawed, does give the House the opportunity to discuss the important roles that officers of Parliament play in our parliamentary

June 13th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the seventh report of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, entitled “Innovation and Technology—An Exchange of Ideas”.

June 12th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague opposite for his question. I apologize that I will answer it in English. There is a difference between an opposition that opposes and one that obstructs. When I look at how long it took in this House to settle a question of somebody getting on a

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I am far from being ashamed. In my career, I have opened 140 restaurants. I know leadership comes in many different forms. Just because something was done one way does not make it the best way to do it. As an MP, I work with western economic development all the time

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, echoing the comments of my colleague, what we see in the House and what we see in committees is shameful, to me, because we have a lot of work to do. When I see parties playing partisan politics, our constituents are the ones who are suffering. We have to be able to

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, that is just like the other side: let us not focus on the great things that are happening or the things that are important, but let us try to focus on things that actually do not make a difference at this point. Yes, there are three other ministerial positions that

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I am going to have to say that, if we look back to when the previous government had ministers of state, it would have left us in a way better state than now. When we took over, there were challenges across the board. If we look at Atlantic Canada, the problems that

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, we have 32 extremely qualified members from the Atlantic region who do not stop advocating for their region. Day after day, inside of caucus, in the hallways, I have not stopped hearing about Atlantic Canada. They are examples of what MPs should be doing to advocate

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, the targeted approach of this strategy will help the northern Ontario region prosper. The strategy will build on the opportunities offered by emerging industries to create businesses and jobs for the northern population of the province. This strategy will also focus

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today to Bill C-24. Upon taking office in November 2015, the Prime Minister established a gender-balanced, one-tier ministry of equals focused on delivering results for Canadians. The proposed amendments to the Salaries Act fulfill the Prime M

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her question. I will have to answer that one in English. When we look at the entire program, training has to be part of it, because in order for officers to be qualified, they have to know how to use the devices, as well as how to calibrate t

May 31st, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I concur with a lot of the things the member said, but I will have to say that technology has changed. If we look at the efforts of groups such as MADD over the last 20 years, all these interventions serve to reduce the number of incidents. I do believe we have the

May 31st, 2017House debate

Dan RuimyLiberal