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Sikh Heritage Month Act  Mr. Speaker, it gives me a great deal of pleasure to stand in this House to speak in full support of Bill C-376, an act to designate the month of April Sikh heritage month. The New Democrats in this House have, for decades, been strong supporters of multiculturalism and strong p

October 4th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Divorce Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to follow up on my question so I could be more specific. It is known as the spanking exception. In a domestic household, parents in this country are allowed to hit their children. It is a form of assault that other countries in the world have now made il

October 4th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Divorce Act  Mr. Speaker, there are four stated objectives in this bill. Two promote the interests of children and two combat family violence. The bill states that the safety, the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of the child must take priority. Interestingly, in the Crimina

October 4th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, the government just made drugs more expensive. We know that Canadians pay among the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world and that one in four Canadians skips necessary medicine because of the cost, yet the Liberals just signed a trade agreement with the

October 2nd, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, today New Democrats initiated debate on one of the most pressing issues facing Canadians: the need for decent, secure and affordable housing. Indeed, we face a crisis. Millions of Canadians are struggling to find appropriate housing for themselves and their families.

September 27th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Canada Revenue Agency Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-316, an act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (organ donors). I would like to once again express my congratulations and thanks to the hon. member for Calgary Confederation for all his hard work on this issue. This legislation wou

September 25th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Canada Revenue Agency Act  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the New Democratic Party, I would like to congratulate my hon. colleague, the member for Calgary Confederation, who has done such wonderful work, putting organ donation not only before our committee but before the House and, by extension, before our coun

September 25th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, thousands of Canadian families have lost loved ones to an overdose epidemic the government has failed to stem. Health professionals, Canada's chief public health officer, the president of the Canadian Medical Association, big city mayors and police chiefs all want t

September 25th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, this summer I met Petra Shulz, an Edmonton mother who lost her son to an opioid overdose. She described the devastating impact this tragedy had on her family, and many like hers. Today, we learned that over 1,000 Canadians lost their lives to opioid overdoses in the

September 19th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, it is always interesting to me how the member always confuses volume with logic. I cannot compete with logic like that. He said that the NDP does not support trade agreements, but that we might support a couple. Of course we support trade agreements. I have cited t

September 18th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, I heard this the other day in the House and I am going to repeat it, that the only thing consistent about the Liberals on trade is their inconsistency. I was carefully following the debate in 1988 when the Liberal Party opposed the free trade agreement with the Unite

September 18th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, I am privileged to stand in the House and speak to this very important issue. I had the privilege of being the New Democratic Party official opposition critic on international trade for four years in the last Parliament. Of course, the agreement that is the subject

September 18th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to put some facts before the House. The auto sector is the largest Canadian manufacturing sector. Canada is the 10th largest vehicle producer in the world. We have 125,000 people directly employed by the auto sector. We are responsible for $103 billion i

September 17th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. In a moment I will be asking for unanimous consent to present a motion. Last night, the Senate passed Bill C-45, important legislation that will positively change 100 years of legal, social, and economic attitudes towards cannabis. It wil

June 20th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, the reality is that the Liberal government refuses to declare a public health emergency, and while it is talking the, the death toll goes up. The arguments for legalization of cannabis are precisely the reasons that underpin decriminalization and regulation of othe

June 19th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP