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Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the late Jack Layton raised a lot of attention to the practices of banks in our country, particularly the impact that banking practices had on poor people and people of limited income, seniors, young people, indigenous people, and people who lived in communities that

March 29th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Daffodil Month  Mr. Speaker, this April is Daffodil Month, and once again, Canadians across the country will be donating their time and money to the Canadian Cancer Society. No family is untouched by this disease. Two in five Canadians receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, yet thanks to

March 29th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for his eloquent and very loud speech. I want to ask a question about the west coast. Many British Columbians are very concerned about open net fish farms that are on our oceans, particularly those that are close to salmon mig

March 29th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, those words, “while the death toll mounts”, opioid overdoses are now claiming more lives than motor vehicle accidents and homicides combined. The year 2017 was the worst one on record with over 4,000 lives lost, which is 40% more than in 2016. This escalating tragedy

March 28th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, I recently hosted a community town hall to hear from my constituents on the housing crisis in Vancouver. Passionate, thoughtful, sensible, and poignant points were made by a wide variety of residents. I heard how the housing crisis had torn a massive hole in our so

March 27th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Points of Order  Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would like to apologize to all of my colleagues in the House for holding up a document, the 1997 Liberal platform. That is the wrong way to remind Canadians of the broken promises of the government. I would like to seek unanimous consen

March 1st, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, “Many Canadians have limited prescription drug coverage, and 12% have no coverage at all. This situation is plainly inconsistent with the values upon which medicare is based. It is illogical to guarantee access to medical diagnosis, but not the treatment, nor does it

March 1st, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Foreign Investment  Mr. Speaker, last Friday, the Chinese government took over insurance giant Anbang, citing serious corruption and incompetence. This is the same company that the Liberal government allowed to take over British Columbia's largest retirement home provider. Decisions about the care

February 27th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, Canadians are well aware of the many unreasonable demands being made by the Trump administration at the NAFTA table. We now know that an astronomical increase in the duty-free exemption for U.S. exports is one of the items on Trump's wish list. This means one set of

February 9th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, speaking of unfairness, the Liberals' medical cannabis tax is misconceived, damaging to public health, and unfair. Patients already pay sales tax on their medical cannabis, which is not eligible for reimbursement under most insurance plans. Now the current government

February 9th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I think we would do well to remember why we are having this debate. After this last election in 2015, all Canadians will remember the tawdry spectacle of the Prime Minister and Liberal cabinet ministers having events held for them in corporate boardrooms and law firm

February 9th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, there were two very important points mentioned. The first I would like to talk about how toxic it is to a democracy to have political parties that completely renegue on their campaign promises once elected. That creates a cynicism and distrust in government that go

February 8th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the hon. colleague mis-characterized my comments. I was not talking about rejecting the national housing strategy. In fact, I am glad to see the Liberals adopted one. The New Democrats have had one for a decade. Of course we are going to find politicians in B.C. we

February 8th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I am really glad that my hon. colleague raised the issue of housing. I come from Vancouver, and I can tell members that there is a housing crisis in Vancouver. Words are cheap. Talk is cheap. To listen to my hon. colleague, things are going well, and the federal go

February 8th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Business of Supply  I hear a member say they did not do it. Any Canadian can read the Liberal platform. The Liberals said they would bring in electoral reform. When the government of Brian Mulroney took CMHC out of the social housing field, the Liberals promised Canadians in their little red book i

February 8th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP