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Labour Relations  Mr. Speaker, the previous government used every opportunity to attack middle class Canadians who were part of unions in this country. The Conservatives undermined the collective bargaining process, and made it more difficult for Canadian workers to organize. The previous govern

June 15th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I listened intently to the hon. member for Durham. What are the hon. member's thoughts on the job numbers that came out on Friday, which showed that Canada created 77,000 new full-time jobs from coast to coast to coast and that the economy has grown at above a 2% ra

June 12th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, would the member not agree with me that when we look at the five portfolios, such as science, something that we believed in and I think the past government really did not believe in, science and looking at facts and evidence and making decisions based on facts and ev

June 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr Speaker, I want to correct something. Bill C-24 would not increase and does not result in any new spending or any new salaries. The salaries were effective the date that these ministers were appointed. The salaries are unchanged. There would be no new spending in place with th

June 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the responsibilities for each of these ministers is laid out in the mandate letters provided by the Prime Minister. I look at the Status of Women ministry, and I think to myself, that is the right direction everyone has to go in, and that is the right direction that

June 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend and colleague from the wonderful riding of Guelph, which I had the chance to visit a few times. Governance is a very important transparency, and with Bill C-24, the first thing it does is equalizes the ministers, and that is very important. Equal p

June 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, our investments in Canadians and in Canadian families, specifically women, are groundbreaking. The Canada child benefit, which increases benefits for nine out of every 10 families an average of $2,300 more than what they were receiving. That is incredible. The inve

June 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, about two or three months ago I was able to make an announcement in York Region, where FedDev provided a $3-million or $3.5-million repayable loan to a commercial aircraft parts supplier. These were high-skilled jobs. Jobs that paid well north of $100,000 a year. We

June 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, looking at the name of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, there is no irony in “communities”, because Canada is made up of communities from coast to coast to coast. That is what we are doing and what our minister is doing, and I am proud to stand beside him

June 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I wish to say hello to all the viewers at home tonight who are paying attention to what we are debating, doing the good work Canadians sent us here to do. I am pleased to rise to speak at second reading of Bill C-24, an act to update and modernize the Salaries Act.

June 7th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Italian Heritage Month  Mr. Speaker, June is Italian Heritage Month. It is an opportunity for all Canadians to think about and celebrate all the goods things we have that come from Italy: la cultura, il cibo, il vino, l'architettura, l'arte e la moda. Let us not forget gelato. Tonight MPs from all si

June 6th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Speech and Hearing Month  Mr. Speaker, [Member spoke in sign language] May is Speech and Hearing Month. As the husband of a speech-language pathologist, it is a great honour to rise today to recognize Canada's outstanding speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and communication health assistants.

May 11th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, before I became a member of Parliament and before I entered into financial services, I worked at McDonald’s as a kid. I worked at a pulp mill growing up in northern British Columbia, and I cleaned fish as a fish filleter in northern British Columbia. I know very well

May 9th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, Bill C-44 undertakes historic investments in health care and mental health care across Canada from coast to coast to coast. A number of measures in the bill will help Canadians, whether it is the new Canada caregiver tax credit or improvements to EI. These measures

May 9th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to discuss our government's plan to build a stronger middle class through what I see as a three-pillar approach. It is an approach that includes investments in infrastructure, a focus on innovation to ensure that our economy continues to unlock new possi

May 9th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal