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Oceans Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for the many shared objectives that certainly I, and I think the government, have with the positions he enunciated. He mentioned the Laurentian Channel MPA, and referred to comments made by the WWF chair David Miller. I have also taken note of

September 27th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Oceans Act  Madam Speaker, I want to compliment my colleague from Cariboo—Prince George on the difficult work he did in regard to to the forest fires in his province. I was on the other coast of Canada and watched the work that he was doing, as well as many other members of Parliament who we

September 27th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Oceans Act  Madam Speaker, I share the concern of my hon. friend from North Okanagan—Shuswap with respect to the time frame and the amount of time it has taken successive governments of all political stripes to achieve these designations under the current Oceans Act. This is why we are askin

September 27th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Oceans Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague from Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia for his comments and for working tirelessly to support scientists at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute, which is world renowned and which does very important work for our government. I also congratula

September 27th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Oceans Act  Madam Speaker, we recognize and have said many times that the participation of provincial and territorial governments is critical in order to achieve these objectives. I have had numerous conversations with my provincial and territorial counterparts, as recently as late June at o

September 27th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Oceans Act  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Port Moody—Coquitlam for his constructive efforts on so many shared priorities. Obviously, protecting Canada's ocean territory is one of them. The member is absolutely right that successive governments going back a quarter of a century or mo

September 27th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Oceans Act  moved that Bill C-55, an act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, be read the second time and referred to a committee. Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege for me to speak in the House on this important legislation at the beginning of second reading debate.

September 27th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, I was in British Columbia two weeks ago. I had the privilege to discuss this important issue with my new counterpart in the provincial government of British Columbia. We share the concern of all British Columbians with respect to the escape that took place in the Uni

September 19th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, I have had the privilege on many occasions, including this morning, to meet with fishermen, for example, from southwest Nova Scotia, with my colleague the member of Parliament for that area. I can tell the hon. member that the fishermen we talk to want to earn their

September 19th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, Canada's two official languages are obviously at the heart of our identity as a country and certainly at the heart of the way this government functions. We always believe that a bilingual public service better serves all Canadians. We respect the hard-working men and

September 19th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, we are always interested in consulting the public service union, public servants, and parliamentarians, of course. Extensive consultations have been and will be conducted on policy changes under consideration. It is important to note that respect for official langu

September 19th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government response to the report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans entitled “Newfoundland and Labrador's Northern Cod Fishery: Charting a new sustainable fu

June 19th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Points of Order  I do, Mr. Speaker. With respect, we would submit to you that my colleague has raised an argument without merit. I would draw your attention to Standing Order 111.(1), which states: Where the government intends to appoint an Officer of Parliament, the Clerk of the House...the

June 19th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

Canadian Coast Guard  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to increasing the capacity of the Canadian Coast Guard in all parts of the country to conduct the search and rescue missions they do so effectively. I share the member's view that this was an important and significant effort. We congratula

June 13th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, I am glad, on World Oceans Day, to tell members of the House that I had the privilege earlier today of announcing the creation of Canada's newest marine protected area, St. Anns Bank, off the east coast of Cape Breton, in the province of Nova Scotia. With respect to

June 8th, 2017House debate

Dominic LeBlancLiberal