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Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, Bill C-24 would allow us to continue to do our great work. It would allow the RDAs to do their great work. It brings them under one roof to support small and medium-sized enterprises across Canada. With regard to the Asian infrastructure bank, Canada is a multilat

December 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I am certain a list of those grants that have been announced are available for every region in Canada. We continue to look at where each grant is going, ensuring that all grant applications that fit the needs of the area, the employers and employees are looked at b

December 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, within the minister's portfolio, nothing has changed on the ground. Nothing has changed with each of the RDAs. They continue to look at each of the regions under their particular mandate, whether it is the lovely province of Quebec, or the east or west coast. Those

December 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with my hon. colleague, the member for Winnipeg North. Before I begin, if this is the last occasion that I rise in this House to speak this year, I would like to wish all of my colleagues a wonderful and merry Christmas, and all the best

December 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Hats On For Awareness  Mr. Speaker, 28 years ago, Giovanni Tiberi lost his battle with depression and, after his death, his daughter Enza pledged to learn more about mental health, hoping to prevent such heartbreak for other families. Enza and Benny Caringi co-founded Hats On For Awareness. This orga

November 28th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from the beautiful province of Quebec for his question. The results of our plan speak for themselves. Whether it is on the job front, the unemployment rate, or wage gains that Canadians are making, the evidence is clear. Two years in, we have cr

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it is great to be here this afternoon with other passionate speakers we have heard from today on Bill C-63. I would like to present my humble view on Bill C-63, the budget implementation act, 2017, no. 2, which is the second and final piece of legislation to implemen

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget  Mr. Speaker, last week, our government tabled Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2. Budget 2017 is the next step in our government's ambitious plan to make smart investments that will create jobs, grow our economy, and provide more opportunities for the middle class in my ridi

November 1st, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have two brief points. First, retirement security and retiring in a dignified way for millions of Canadians is important to us. That is why we enhanced the CPP and boosted the GIS. If there are other avenues we could take, we will obviously look at them. We need to

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the Finance Minister's ethics are beyond refute. We as members always must uphold the highest standards as publicly elected officials. Knowing the Finance Minister, I know that has been done.

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the Finance Minister has announced that he established a blind trust for all assets held by him and his family. The minister is working closely with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and a trustee to divest all of his family's holdings in Morneau Shepe

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the Finance Minister continues to work closely with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner to ensure that all rules are followed, as is expected of him and all members of Parliament.

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, these changes are not only going to be good for small business, but they are going to be great for small business. They will help grow our economy and help create good middle-class jobs. The opposition knows it and we know it.

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do like the word tangent. I also like the fact that the finance minister has announced a number of additional steps, including establishing a blind trust for all assets held by him and his family. He is going above and beyond what is required and above

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time this afternoon with my friend and colleague who I sit with on the Standing Committee on Finance, the member for Hull—Aylmer. Before I begin my formal remarks, I want to discuss the concept of pensions in Canada. I had the pleasure of work

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal