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Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, looking back at the 10 years when the Conservatives were in power and TFSAs were at $5,500, they allowed a lot of Canadians to save and to put away something for their retirement. Retirement savings are important. However, the $11,000 limit was foolish, to be frank.

June 5th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I believe my hon. colleague is reading information from the Fraser Institute, so I will leave it at that and put that aside. In terms of how tax credits work, some can be refundable, and some can be non-refundable. You need taxes owing or taxes payable. A lot of the

June 5th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, in the province of Ontario, and I have to give credit where credit is due to the Ontario government and the provincial Liberals, we have OHIP+. All children are covered up to the age of 25. It is universal. It was introduced last year. I am very proud to say that. It

June 5th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, it is great to work with my hon. colleague from London North Centre and be on the same side of the aisle with him. The Canada child benefit has had a profound impact on families and our economy, to the point where it actually boosted GDP in a year. The approach we t

June 5th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-74 on behalf of the Government of Canada, as well as our government's planned investments to strengthen the middle class and maintain the strength and sustainable growth of the Canadian economy. Budget 2018, entitled “Equality + Growt

June 5th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Canada-Italy Day  Mr. Speaker, I invite all of my colleagues to come celebrate the third Canada-Italy day on Parliament Hill this evening and to participate in Italian Heritage Month this June. I would like to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the trailblazers who came before us, including the nea

June 5th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Mother's Day  Mr. Speaker, on a recent trip to Halifax, I had the honour of visiting Pier 21, the same place where 60 years earlier my mother and her family first touched ground in Canada. At just 19 years old, Vincenza Amante arrived at Pier 21 after travelling some 6,000 kilometres by land a

May 10th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, yesterday at the finance committee, we heard from experts across the country about pricing pollution. We heard that it is a cost-effective solution to climate change that cuts pollution and spurs clean growth. We heard that it is the foundation of any serious climate

May 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we should look at British Columbia. I grew up on the northwest coast. B.C. has had a price on carbon for over a decade. The economy has done phenomenally well. We use the expression “broken the back”, but we have broken the curve on emissions in B.C. and people have

May 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, what I will say is if I look back over the last week and at where A.T. Kearney ranked Canada for foreign direct investment, which is number two in the world, it is a very attractive place to invest. I know that in the north there have been many mining projects. Actua

May 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we need to have balance between supporting the environment and doing the right thing for the environment by ensuring there is a pan-Canadian framework for the pricing of carbon, which we are doing. We also need to grow the economy. We need to ensure that policies a

May 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, when it comes to Canada's economy and the environment, our government has been clear. We believe that the two go hand in hand. Canadians understand that pollution is not free, and they understand, as we do, that the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissio

May 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Housing  Mr. Speaker, last November, this government announced Canada's first-ever national housing strategy, a 10-year, $40-billion plan to give more Canadians a place to call home. Yesterday, the minister responsible for housing joined his Ontario counterpart to sign the first bilatera

May 1st, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Hospice Vaughan  Mr. Speaker, on April 27, Hospice Vaughan and all residents of the city of Vaughan will celebrate the ground-breaking of an exceptional centre of excellence, a place where people coping with a life-limiting illness will find support in a time of need, as will their families and f

April 25th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to debate Bill C-330, an act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, also referred to as “landlord consent”. I would like to thank the member for Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo for giving us the opportunity to debate this issue.

April 18th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal