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Ethics  Mr. Speaker, I would have thought Brian Tobin or John Crosbie were back in the House of Commons. I want to congratulate the hon. member for those series of words. Obviously we are happy to co-operate with the Ethics Commissioner and answer any questions he may have. Our governm

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, obviously I am happy to work with the commissioner and answer any questions he may have. My hon. friend spoke about family ties. It is important that he understand that Mr. Thériault is one of my wife's 61st cousins. He is an employee of the largest Mi’kmaq first n

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, I am obviously happy to work with the commissioner and answer any questions he may have. My colleague was referring to a member of my spouse's family. I think it is important to point out that Mr. Thériault is one of my spouse's 60 first cousins. He has been employe

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound for the question. I had the opportunity to discuss this very matter with him when I was before the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. As all colleagues know, small craft harbour infrastructure is extrem

May 7th, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, our government decided, as the previous Conservative government had, that it was important to bring a new entrant into this lucrative offshore fishery. We thought it was important to include indigenous communities in a historic access to this important offshore fishe

May 7th, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, as I said a moment ago, the previous Conservative government actually omitted entirely including indigenous communities in access to this historic fishery. Our government did not make that mistake. Our government accepts that if five indigenous leaders work together

May 7th, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, our decision to increase indigenous participation in fishing is consistent with our government's commitment to forging a renewed relationship between Canada and indigenous peoples. Enhancing access to the surf clam fishery broadens the distribution of benefits from t

May 7th, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, I would remind my colleague that our government is committed to protecting Canada's aquatic ecosystems and fisheries through science-based decision-making. We welcome all the scientific reports, including one released today on the strategic salmon health initiative.

May 7th, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, as I have had a chance to explain in this House before, the previous Conservative government, in fact, had a plan in 2014 and 2015 to bring a new entrant into this fishery. If they were going to include a new entrant in this fishery, it is obvious that at that time t

May 1st, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, as I have explained in this House a number of times, our government made a decision to include a new entrant in this important fishery. We thought it was also important to have significant indigenous benefits from this decision. We are proud that a partnership was fo

May 1st, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, as I said yesterday, our government is committed to working to support the hard-working people of Grand Bank. That is why they are so ably represented in the House of Commons by a member of Parliament who has met me a number of times about initiatives that will incre

April 24th, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, we want to thank the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for her report. I had a chance to meet her yesterday and discuss the recommendations. The government has accepted all of her recommendations. In fact, a number of the things she has sugg

April 24th, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, our government stands with the people of Grand Bank. On a number of occasions, I have had the chance to talk with my colleague who represents that community in the House of Commons. In fact, we have plans to work with the community of Grand Bank to ensure that the pr

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, naturally, our government shares our colleague's concern about the safety of the personnel working on the Kathryn Spirit and sympathizes with the communities that are worried and want to see the Kathryn Spirit gone. That is why we have invested massively to make that

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, we do not need to conduct an investigation. We need to dismantle the Kathryn Spirit, and that is exactly what our government is doing. We recognize the risks that vessels of concern pose to shoreline communities and the marine environment. As my colleague knows ful

April 18th, 2018House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal