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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

Health  Mr. Speaker, In 1999, there was a drug crisis in Portugal. Use of hard drugs was rampant, and approximately 1% of its population reported a drug addiction. Therefore, in 2001, Portugal decided to treat the possession and use of small quantities of drugs as a public health issue,

June 19th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Firearms Act  Mr. Speaker, I sat through the very passionate debates about the gun registry in the House, and I want to remind everyone that often these debates have certain real-life underpinnings. One was the École Polytechnique massacre. There are other cases around the country where people

June 19th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Firearms Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to pick up on one of the themes my colleague ended his speech on, which is the issue of crime and criminality. Right now in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, specifically in Surrey, but not only there, we have a very serious gang problem and a gang war g

June 19th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act  Mr. Speaker, the speech of my hon. colleague, the member for Victoria, pointed out with great alacrity the benefits of this bill, but also the significant gaps. I would ask him to expand on two of those areas. First, I cannot believe that we have legislation before the House int

June 19th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, I have been in the House for 10 Junes now, not as many as my hon. colleagues have mentioned, but I have seen governments use time allocation. I would point out that time allocation does have a purpose in the House, but I want to start from the principle that citize

June 19th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, as we stand on the cusp of cannabis legalization, we face the deep irony that Canadians continue to be arrested at alarming rates for behaviour that will soon be legal. It was inexcusable for the Liberal government to exclude pardons from the cannabis act, and now th

June 14th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, in my riding, Vancouver Kingsway, there is a strong consensus. It is not unanimous, but a clear majority of people are very concerned about the impacts of climate change. Last summer, terrible forest fires, some of the worst since the 1950s, burned so much in Briti

June 14th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the hon. member made some references to front-of-package labelling. I am fortunate to be the critic for health for the New Democratic Party. We have taken a look at this. As my hon. colleague might well know, we have quite a serious child obesity problem in the co

June 14th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals keep repeating over and over that the economy and the environment go hand in hand. Everyone in the House agrees with that and knows that. What Canadians really want to know is how the Liberals rationalize what is apparent to everyone as a clear contradic

June 14th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I want to read into the record exactly what I said earlier that seemed to have offended the member's feelings. I said, “An emerging group...of cannabis capitalists...composed of the same police officers and government officials who have spent years prosecuting th

June 13th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, there are a couple of factual points I would like to make. First of all, the legislation says that it would allow Canadians to grow up to four plants per household. The member made a reference to 12 plants; I am not sure where that comes from. Yes, we on this si

June 13th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I think I speak for every member of the House, and we can join issue, with the fact that nobody countenances or endorses any Canadian operating any kind of machinery, whether a motor vehicle or anything else, or coming to work under the influence of cannabis. We al

June 13th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I am going to end by asking the hon. member to use his imagination as well to focus on a piece of this bill that has another problem with it, and that is that this bill would prevent the exportation of recreational cannabis products. As countries around the world s

June 13th, 2018House debate

Don DaviesNDP