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Seniors  Mr. Speaker, isolating and maintaining their mental health are among the greatest challenges faced by seniors during this pandemic. Many seniors live alone and may have difficulty finding ways to communicate with others. Can the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, my colleague raised a very good point that I had not thought of myself, about how the figures and information required in some cases could undermine the government's bargaining position with vaccine manufacturers. This made me think that when members are drafting

October 22nd, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the committee the government is proposing would be a vehicle for all the kinds of things the member and other members of the House want, if they would put their tactics aside for this purpose.

October 20th, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the whole point of the committee the government is proposing is not only to have a wider mandate to allow the opposition to look into more issues, if they want to do the work, but also to provide the opportunity to question public servants on how documents requeste

October 20th, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I would like to start by acknowledging that my hon. colleague is one of the least partisan members of the opposition. He and I served together on the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, and he has a habit of speaking out on matters of principle. I cannot accuse

October 20th, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, it is an honour to follow my colleague's thoughtful remarks. I have had a certain amount of experience in this House, as members know. I have had the opportunity to observe opposition tactics over the years, some valid and some egregious. I would put this motion in

October 20th, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the Speech from the Throne reiterated the government's commitment to creating a Canada water agency to help protect our most precious resource. Last week I had the opportunity to be a panellist on a webinar designed to gather input from the water stakeholder communit

October 19th, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Madam Speaker, I enjoyed listening to the member's speech, which as always is very thoughtful. The member was negative on Canada's ability to meet its Paris targets. I was wondering if he was aware of the report that came out of Queen's University this week, out of its Institute

October 6th, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Al Gardner  Mr. Speaker, the City of Beaconsfield has lost a beloved and respected people's representative. Councillor Al Gardner left us suddenly and far too soon this past summer. A loyal public servant, Al treated everything with the thoughtfulness and rigour of someone who always wanted

October 5th, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for the question. Making seniors a priority means intervening in many different ways. For example, it means protecting seniors in long-term care centres. It means increasing the old age security pension. That is for sure. It is a multi-prong

October 1st, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, like the hon. member, I have interacted with many constituents who are suffering because they cannot see loved ones, whether it be fianc├ęs, boyfriends or girlfriends. I think that ideally, yes, we would obviously like there to be more movement across borders. I have

October 1st, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, there are two points here. This is a throne speech. There will be a budget and these policy proposals will be fleshed out. One of the strengths of the government's response to this pandemic is that it listens. It listens to opposition parties and stakeholders, and i

October 1st, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise today to speak on the subject of the throne speech. Looking around makes me think of how much things have changed since February and March, when this pandemic hit, and how we have had to adjust our ways with the need to be cautious. I would

October 1st, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Madam Speaker, at the very beginning of his speech, the hon. member contended that he was facing a smorgasbord of priorities, yet I read only four: to fight the pandemic, to support people in business, to build back better and to stand up for who we are. Does the hon. member not

October 1st, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal

Government Business No. 9  Madam Chair, I appreciated my colleague's speech very much. I am not as much of an expert in immigration as she is, and I learned a lot by listening to her, especially about the workings and procedures of the department and how certain procedures can apparently add delays to proc

July 22nd, 2020House debate

Francis ScarpaleggiaLiberal