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Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to come back to a theme that my colleague for Skeena—Bulkley Valley has been pursuing, and I think quite rightly, with respect to the proposed legislation. For all the pomp and ceremony that we hear from government members about the proposed legislation

December 13th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to hear my colleague's thoughts on some of the remarks by the minister today. She made a lot of the fact that what had come back from the Senate was, effectively, a technical amendment, that all parties supported it and that it was a drafting error. She said t

December 13th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Bill C-76—Time Allocation Motion  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise for what will likely be the last time in this place before it closes for renovations. I am very sensitive to the irony of getting up on a time allocation motion for a bill having to do with the Canada Elections Act, of all things. Time alloc

December 13th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to come back to one of the themes in my colleague's speech. There is a kind of urban legend about the sign on the foreman's door at a construction site that says, “There is never enough time to do it right the first time, but there is always enough time to re

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, early in its mandate the government introduced a bill to repeal Bill C-377, but did not repeal it right away. Then, what we heard on Friday was that every assault by the government since then on collective bargaining, whether the tight restrictions it wanted to put o

November 26th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it is a concern. Where the member and I would probably disagree is that the NDP believe there are ways we can mobilize the wealth of Canada to help Canadians without incurring massive debt. That could be done by ensuring that corporations pay their fair share. That

November 26th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to the second budget implementation act of 2018. Of course, this one, like its predecessor, is quite large and has a lot of different things to talk about. I am going to try to spend more time on one aspect of the bill, as opposed

November 26th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleagues in the House for the opportunity to close the debate. I wish we were not closing the debate at this time, but considering that the time was allocated so severely in the motion that set the context for this debate, it is an honour to close it.

November 24th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his speech. One of the real questions here is whether this situation could have been avoided. A strike could have been avoided if the government had taken its responsibilities seriously and if it had appointed managers to Canada Post who wou

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act  Mr. Speaker, if I had a dime for every time I heard someone from the government benches today say that they really do not want to do this, it is a last resort, our hands are tied, if only there was some way that we could have dealt with this, I would have a heck of a lot more mon

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act  Mr. Speaker, in his speech, the hon. member said that he and I would likely disagree on how the Harper government handled the postal negotiations in 2011, and he is absolutely right about that. He said in his speech that the government has an obligation to Canadians and to small

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

An Act to Provide for the Resumption and Continuation of Postal Services  Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Earlier today some confusion was caused when the government House leader left her chair during a vote, apparently not aware of the rules. Today a number of NDP members left their seats during the vote, quite aware of the rules and upset be

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act  Mr. Speaker, I am thankful for the opportunity to comment on a couple of things. I will start with the last one. It has been a real disappointment. I think we can see in the ashen look of the parliamentary secretary when he gets up to speak that he does not even believe what he i

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act  Mr. Speaker, this is one of the great frustrations of this whole situation. We have had Canada Post management claim that there is a huge backlog. We have reports from the people who actually work in the facilities where the trucks are saying that those numbers are hugely inflate

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act  Mr. Speaker, I said that the union is going to be taking this legislation to court, and I suspect that it may well find that the government does not respect people's right to bargain collectively, because it should be at the table. If we heard it from the Conservatives it would

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP