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Student Debt Relief Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-389, an act respecting the development of a national strategy on student loan debt. Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today to introduce this bill, the student debt relief act, with great thanks to my seconder, the hard-working member for Sou

December 13th, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Employing Persons with Disabilities Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-390, an act respecting the development of a national employment strategy for persons with disabilities. Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today to introduce this bill, the employing persons with disabilities act, again with thanks to my hard-

December 13th, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I listened carefully to my hon. colleague's speech. He talked very clearly about the importance of having a minister responsible for the status of women or women's issues and the importance of that being a full minister with equal voice at cabinet. I agree with him v

December 7th, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, we in the New Democratic Party have been championing equality for women for decades, and, again, I am happy to see there is a gender-parity cabinet. However, the government has become a government of spin, image, and good intentions rather than solid actions. We alwa

December 7th, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to correct the member. The population of women in Canada is not 50%, it is 51%. There is actually a majority of women in this country. However, is the Liberal government creating a stand-alone ministry for women, or the Status of Women, similar to other

December 7th, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I was somewhat pleased when I saw the Liberal government announce a gender parity cabinet. I think that most Canadians thought it was a symbolic move that was long overdue. Frankly, it was welcomed by those who believe in gender equality in this country. Some of the

December 7th, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member has said, it has taken 30 years to modernize these laws, which, in my way of thinking, means there is no urgency to rush the bill through Parliament. In fact, we should take some time and let parliamentarians, who are sent here by our constituents,

December 5th, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, devastating news out of Alberta reveals a 40% increase in opioid deaths this year and Canada will lose 3,000 lives in 2017. Families affected by this crisis are growing dismayed by the Prime Minister's glacial response. In fact, Moms Stop the Harm has started the “

November 28th, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I had the benefit of hearing over 90 witnesses at the health committee who were drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, including people from Colorado and Washington state who have experience with legalization, as well as many academics and professors. It is quite

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the NDP pointed this out early on, after hearing testimony about the difficulties some people had entering the United States when asked by border guards if they had ever used cannabis and they answered affirmatively. Even though they had used the cannabis legally in

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the member said a lot, and I would like to start with some of his early points. I thought the purpose of members of Parliament was to make legislation better. We were sent here by constituents to do that. In fact, we have done that. When the Liberals first tabled the

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, when the Liberals promised Canadians cannabis legalization last election, I think that reasonable Canadians understood legalization to mean the end of criminalization, the end of stigmatization, and the end of the prohibitionist approach to cannabis. It is why I, alo

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government has acknowledged from the beginning the devastating impacts that criminalization of simple cannabis possession and usage has had on Canadians. In fact, the government knows that those impacts have been particularly damaging for marginalized Can

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Report Stage  It is funny, Mr. Speaker. I hear a lot of Liberals talking about the opioid crisis and the cannabis legislation when in fact the opioid crisis is a legitimate public health emergency and yet, for some reason, they do not consider it enough of an emergency to declare it a public h

November 21st, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP

Report Stage  Mr. Speaker, one of the duties of the democratic system is that Canadians send representatives to the House of Commons to debate the issues of the day. We have differences of opinions on a number of important issues and they are all worthy of respect. I do not think it is a surpr

November 21st, 2017House debate

Don DaviesNDP