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Report Stage  Mr. Speaker, my colleague's speech was very informative. The issue I have right now is that we are potentially allowing 12 year olds to possess five grams. If we transfer the same rules for the marijuana bill to alcohol, we would be saying it is okay for children as young as 12 t

November 21st, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Salvation Army  Mr. Speaker, in Fort McMurray, the high cost of living means that big government, one-size-fits-all programs often fail. Earlier this month, the member for Elgin—Middlesex—London came to my riding to discuss housing, child care, and the unique challenges of providing solutions th

October 30th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Taxation  Madam Speaker, my office has been flooded with calls from small business owners regarding the Liberals' small business tax hike. Times are difficult in Fort McMurray—Cold Lake, and businesses cannot afford a new massive Liberal tax on investment. Everyone I have spoken to agrees

September 29th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, I will try to be as thorough as possible in my remaining three minutes. To me, Bill S-3 is the best example of a bill indigenous people should have been part of when drafting. If the government had spent some time consulting Stéphane Descheneaux and others, while sp

June 20th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, obviously we have to move forward. Unfortunately, the court decision had a mandated time period in which we had to address the issues. Human rights should not be a topic where we have to extend debate. It should be automatic. Unfortunately, we cannot change yesterda

June 20th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, I have been a member of the House since 2014. In that time as MP, I have seen two different governments and served on three different committees. In all that time, I have never seen a bill studied and pre-studied as many times as Bill S-3. I am not sure how the gov

June 20th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Rebuilding Activities in Fort McMurray  Madam Speaker, on May 3 the residents of Fort McMurray gathered at Snye Park to remember the wildfire that ravaged the city just one short year ago. For some it was a day of mourning, of remembering life before the fire, and there were many moments of silence for Emily Ryan an

May 19th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, in the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs' speech, she said that Canada, Yukon, self-government of Yukon first nations, and industry have agreed to continue to work in collaboration through the regulatory process to establish practical timelines. I ask if,

April 10th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, as a former businessman, I always look for certainty. If I am to invest somewhere, I always ask where the best place to invest is. I ask about the risks. Rules are very important. For example, the Liberals like to have time allocations to limit debate. However, when

April 10th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, when we look at the impacts to the economy, for example in my riding of Fort McMurray, with the provincial government putting all of these new regulations in place, creating bureaucracy, and over-managing the resource industry, we have seen investment leave Alberta i

April 10th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, there is a really big challenge out there when it comes to investment in our resource industry. As we add more regulations, more red tape, there is a challenge. When industry wants to invest, it is looking at a lot of things. It looks at the tax load, whether it is

April 10th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, the territories have already become leaders in climate change adaption because of the front-line impact they have already had to experience. It is irresponsible to now ask them to do more when our northern communities are facing many economic and environmental challe

April 10th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, the previous Conservative government made the north a priority by launching a comprehensive northern strategy focused on sovereignty, the environment, the economy, and governance. Our introduction of Bill S-6 was just one of the major pieces of legislation we put for

April 10th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, once the Yukon government, the federal government, and the first nations have concluded their agreement on a new process for reassessment and timelines, how will it integrate into the new YESAA? Does it require amendments to the act? What is the process for such, and

April 10th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative

Regional Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, at the oil and gas symposium held in Calgary, the main topic was the Prime Minister's unilateral five-year ban on drilling in the Arctic. The Northwest Territory premier, Bob McLeod, said that this arbitrary decision was taking away hope from northerners, the hope of

April 7th, 2017House debate

David YurdigaConservative