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Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, as someone who grew up on the north coast of B.C. and as a teenager worked at a cannery fileting fish and salmon, I know how important the fishery industry is to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. How will this legislation fulfill what was a campaign commitment,

February 13th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, when our government was elected, the pillar for one of our platform policies was tax fairness. We have been looking at the entire tax system to eliminate those measures that are inefficient, regressive, and do not benefit the majority of Canadians. Whether it is ge

February 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member from British Columbia for his question. This is why our government is taking strict measures to fight tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. They are funded through an investment of over $1 billion in the 2016 and 2017 budgets. We are t

February 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, tax fairness is an essential pillar of all government. It was an essential pillar in the first budget in 2016 and also in budget 2017. Tax fairness is a continuing pillar for our government to build a strong country and to build a strong middle class. We know that

February 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to speak today about tax fairness. I am proud to be a part of this government, which is doing a lot for tax fairness. I am very happy to rise this afternoon to speak to the opposition day motion regarding tax fairness because our government's rec

February 8th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Innovation, Science and Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, with a fast-growing and more knowledge-based digital economy, we need to make sure that our young people have the skills and knowledge they need to compete, to succeed, and also to innovate. Taking this initiative to instill that passion for learning is vital to ou

February 6th, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act  Mr. Speaker, our civil service, in two words, is world class. Our civil service can be looked to by any country in the world on the delivery of the programs we have for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. There is the guaranteed income supplement and the Canada pension plan t

February 1st, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act  Mr. Speaker, one of our platform commitments was to re-establish a relationship with both public sector unions and private sector unions, from coast to coast to coast, based on trust, faith, and collective bargaining rights for all workers and those that had recently been certifi

February 1st, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act  Mr. Speaker, I welcome this occasion to rise in support of Bill C-62. I wish to note I will be splitting my time with my friend and colleague, the hon. member for Winnipeg North. The bill would repeal collective bargaining changes for the public service passed in 2013. It wo

February 1st, 2018House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

H2 Hockey Straps  Mr. Speaker, as Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” I rise today to speak about two young entrepreneurs in my riding of Vaughan—Woodbridge. David and Adam Nascimben, ages 12 and eight, had the determination to take the shot of a lifetime. Thro

December 12th, 2017House debate

Francesco SorbaraLiberal

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