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Parks Canada Agency Act  Mr. Speaker, I am thankful for the opportunity to explain why I do not support Bill C-315, an act to amend the Parks Canada Agency Act, Conservation of National Historic Sites Account. Although I respect the apparent goal of Bill C-315, the mechanism it proposes is duplicative of

October 6th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, if you seek it, I believe that you will find consent for the following travel motion. I move: That, in relation to the 2017 Westminster Workshop for Public Accounts Committees and the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC), three members of

October 6th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking the minister for bringing forth Bill C-57, an act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The minister is very well aware that the environment is a very important issue in Hamilton. It is a priority for Hamiltonians. I know

October 6th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the member for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell always advocates on behalf of farmers and those in the agriculture sector, and I appreciate that. He is very passionate about this area. Could he expand on the consultation process and how he has taken this opportunity to c

October 3rd, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, I always admire the work that goes into the speeches by the hon. member for Saanich—Gulf Islands, and I thank her for her words this morning. I also appreciate her legal expertise and her reading the part of the bill that sets out that this will not apply to those Ca

September 28th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to touch on something the member mentioned. He addressed why it is important to keep track of those who are leaving the country. He mentioned the Amber Alert. I would like him to expand on that and to also describe what information we are actually talkin

September 26th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, a couple of the member's colleagues and he questioned the commissioner's ability to declare requests vexatious or made in bad faith. The suggestion by a couple of his colleagues was that a better way to deal with this would be to go back to charging people who want t

September 26th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind the hon. member and others in the House that the legislation has not been touched in 30 years. That was part of the reason we campaigned on openness and transparency and why this government is moving forward with the changes suggested in the le

September 26th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, I note with interest that the member opposite complained about the length of time it takes to receive the information requests that have been put in. With all due respect, I would like to remind the member that it was his party that was in power over the last 10 year

September 25th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, I know the member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan to be very earnest—at least, I believe he is—and I enjoy listening to his speeches, but I have to say in that light that I am surprised he takes issue with the definition of “vexatious” and the commissioner's auth

September 25th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, there is no question that our government has made a commitment to openness and transparency and better access to information. That is exactly what this bill is all about. In fact, in the member's speech, he talked about more openness and transparency for the Prime Mi

September 25th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

International Day of Peace  Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is United Nations' International Day of Peace. It is a day where citizens around the globe put peace ahead of their differences and try to create a culture of peace. Both inner peace and peace in society are very important to me. This is why I am delighted t

September 20th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Journalistic Sources Protection Act  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise this evening to speak to Bill S-231 to protect the confidentiality of journalist sources. I wish to commend the member for Louis-Saint-Laurent, who I know is very passionate about this. It was good to see that he had the opportunity to speak to

September 19th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Arnold Chan  Mr. Speaker, I cannot express to this House the honour I have to stand at this moment to say a few words. First, I want to say to his family that what Arnold has asked us to do and tasked us with, I and others around me have already started on. Today is an example. We have rules

September 19th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal

Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, as has been noted many times in the House this morning in discussion of this bill, it is really about safety and protection of consumers. I am curious because the member now is questioning the use of the minister's power. Let us take one of the powers the minister wo

September 19th, 2017House debate

Filomena TassiLiberal