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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to call the member for the beautiful riding of Brantford—Brant my friend and a colleague in the House. We did serve on the finance committee. We serve our residents as well. When we call into question someone's integrity, we know that individually we all

October 17th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, with regard to the Minister of Finance, the member for Toronto Centre, we have full confidence in the Ethics Commissioner and her recommendations. Obviously, every member of Parliament is willing to take any further steps to avoid conflicts, or any perception of conf

October 17th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am sure that any suggestions the hon. member has about strengthening any rules should be brought forward to the pertinent individuals to whom that pertains. I would hope the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands does so. My personal view is that we continue to work hard

October 17th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for your explanation. I thank my hon. colleague across the aisle for his intervention as well. I have known the member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, the Minister of Finance, for a few years now. When I think about the integrity and hard work that goe

October 17th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I first want to thank the stakeholders in my riding of Vaughan—Woodbridge, who have provided and are providing feedback on the proposed consultation paper, “Tax Planning Using Private Corporations”. I have met with many small and large businesses in my riding, as w

October 17th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement  Mr. Speaker, today marks a new, progressive chapter in trade relations between the European Union and Canada. With the preliminary application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, thousands of jobs will be created for the middle class and those working har

September 21st, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, Bill C-47 and Canada's leadership on this issue and coming to the table with international partners not only on this issue but on a number of issues, including climate change, gender parity, and a number of fronts where we are leading the way, is very important. We c

September 21st, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, let me walk the member through the process. That is probably the best way I can do it. The process that existed under the Conservatives would remain absolutely unchanged under Bill C-47. First, if someone wishes to purchase a weapon in Italy and then bring it to Ca

September 21st, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, Canada's joining the ATT will allow us to conform to all our other G7 countries and allies. We now will have the right and responsibility to own export controls on conventional arms trade and will create the legal obligation for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, befor

September 21st, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, the first thing I would like to say is that the Arms Trade Treaty does not and will not affect domestic ownership of firearms in Canada. I grew up in northern British Columbia in the riding of Skeena—Bulkley Valley, which is represented by another individual in the

September 21st, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise to speak to Bill C-47, an issue that is important bill to members on all sides of the House. The Arms Trade Treaty holds the record for the quickest entry into force of any arms control treaty. It is a sign of the great importance that the i

September 21st, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, our government recognizes the importance of protecting Canadian consumers and ensuring road safety in Canada, which is the intent of Bill S-2. In terms of looking at commercial relations between automobile manufacturers and dealers, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act is no

September 19th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise to speak on Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act. The safety of Canadians is of high importance to this government, and this bill will help further ensure th

September 19th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, that was my first speech in French in the House, so I am a little nervous. As for the member's concerns related to civil liberties or the use of information, obviously those concerns are taken fully into account with these amendments and in Bill C-21, such that Cana

September 18th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, for an economy that is so interlinked as is the one with Canada and the United States, any issues that could threaten or add to border thickening are not good. Bill C-21 would allow for some reversal of that if that is the situation. It would allow for a greater move

September 18th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal