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Small Business  Mr. Speaker, my riding of Kenora is full of natural beauty that attracts visitors wishing to enjoy the great outdoors. However, the small business owners in our communities are facing a second COVID summer and their life's work has been pushed to the brink. These job creators fa

June 15th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Regional Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, now that provinces are reopening, our top priority must be an economic recovery in all sectors and all regions of the country, but the government has done nothing to help small businesses and tourist outfitters in northwestern Ontario who are struggling to maintain o

June 11th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, in a previous answer the member was speaking about our mental health plan. I would like to give him an opportunity to touch on some of the details in that plan, such as the 988 hotline, and how important it is to help Canadians.

June 11th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Mining Centre of Excellence  Mr. Speaker, as the economy reopens, our focus must be on securing the future and supporting the families who have been impacted by the pandemic. It is vital that we have a strong recovery in all sectors and all regions of the country. That means targeted stimulus to the hardest-

June 9th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I know my colleague, the member for Lac-Saint-Jean, works very hard for his region. He spoke quite a bit about seniors and the hardships they are facing, which is something I have been hearing a lot about in my riding as well. I gave a statement about this in the Ho

May 25th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I am very interested in seeing the report and the work the member's committee has done. It is a very good point. I could probably talk for 10 minutes about that, which I am not allowed to, but the point the member made about the difference in services between urban

May 25th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, my friend from the Bloc and I disagree on this issue quite a bit. I and many members of my party believe that we need to be working with our oil and gas and natural resource industries to ensure we are helping them be a part of getting to net zero and

May 25th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I agree with the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands. That is why I noted that I was cautiously optimistic about the funding that has been allocated in this budget. I am happy to see it, but we know that tourism operators are really hurting and they need a lot of support

May 25th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, it is great to resume my remarks. Before question period, I was talking about some of the ways the government has been spending a lot more money and getting worse results for Canadians. I used the incidence of food insecurity in the north and the government's approa

May 25th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Seniors  Mr. Speaker, seniors across northern Ontario and across the country are struggling. I have heard from many in my riding who have shared their difficulties living on a fixed income and dealing with the health and mobility challenges that come with age, while they are not getting t

May 25th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to be back physically in the chamber. It is great to be back after participating virtually for quite some time. I think all my colleagues would agree that we hope this becomes to norm once again in the not too distant future. With the

May 25th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Housing  Madam Speaker, Canadians have been shocked by the housing crisis in Nunavut, where thousands of families are on wait-lists and many homes are overcrowded, in poor condition or riddled with mould. Yet, somehow Nunavut's housing needs have been completely overlooked under the rapid

May 14th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act  Madam Speaker, working on the INAN committee, we heard testimony from a lot of witnesses, a lot of indigenous people and organizations that did not feel they were adequately consulted in the process of this bill. That is very concerning for me and should be concerning for a lot o

May 14th, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act  Madam Speaker, I believe there need to be binding targets on the government. I am not looking at 2030 or 2050. We need to ensure that we are doing our job to hold the government to account. Right now, I believe that is an important step, and I would add as well that we need to ma

May 3rd, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act  Madam Speaker, I always appreciate the member for Kingston and the Islands asking me questions and participating in the debate. We know he has a lot of thoughts and a lot of opinions he likes to share. I would just say, with respect to the member, that we clearly disagree on the

May 3rd, 2021House debate

Eric MelilloConservative