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Canada–Mauritius Parliamentary Friendship Group  Mr. Speaker, last week, my colleagues from both sides of the House and I established the Canada–Mauritius Parliamentary Friendship Group. As the newly elected chair of the group, I look forward to working with the honorary consulates general to maintain a positive and productive

November 8th, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, this, quite frankly, leaves a lot of flexibility. Going forward, everything will be stipulated in the legislation. The important thing is to get the ball rolling now. As I said, we are playing catch-up with our counterparts in Europe and the United States. Once we ge

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I completely disagree. We are not ramming through anything. With such a vast, intricate system, we cannot compartmentalize it. We need to look at it holistically, otherwise we would be duplicating the work we are doing here, which would not make sense. As I said, we

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I do not think this is a matter of justification. There are nuances when we are dealing in a global market space, and this government will act and has acted in the best interests of Canadians.

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I can assure my hon. colleague that anything this government does takes into account Canadians. We surely do not intend that any change affects Canadians in a detrimental way. At the same time, we have to recognize that we operate in a global economy and a global mar

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I find it curious to have that charge, knowing that the previous government was notorious for using omnibus bills. If members look at what we are putting forward, it all deals with one piece of legislation, or 90% of it deals with one piece of legislation. Having sa

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, the approach is looking forward to 2030, and the approach has been to look at the entire transportation system holistically, as it is vast and quite intricate. I applaud the minister for the work he has done and for all the consultations he has had with stakeholder

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I apologize. I was not here in the House when the previous government was here. Speaking to the first part of my colleague's question, we cannot compartmentalize such a vast transportation system. When 90% of Bill C-49 deals with one act, I do not see that it is an

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  In fact, Mr. Speaker, in the fall of 2016, the Minister of Transport exempted from the 25% ownership restrictions two companies that wanted to enter the Canadian market supported by increased foreign investment. This decision is now permitting Enerjet and Jetlines to pursue their

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure working with my colleague on the transportation committee. In 2002, the United States had a form of a passenger bill of rights, and in 2005, Europe did. We are actually playing 15 years of catch-up to our counterparts. I was wondering if my colleagu

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, last year the Minister of Transport presented his vision for the future of transportation in Canada, also referred to as transportation 2030. This vision reflects thorough consultation with Canadians, stakeholders, provinces and territories, indigenous groups, and ac

October 31st, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, as I previously stated, our transportation system is vast and is of national importance. The previous bill did not take all of that into account. What we have put forward now is of the greatest good for the greatest number of people. It certainly creates a lot more c

October 30th, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, the transportation system is very vast, very complicated, and is of national importance to Canadians. As was suggested, I sit on the transportation committee and I was very pleased that we worked collaboratively and adopted at least six of nine amendments. We also ca

October 30th, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, the legislation that comes forward will further stipulate any recourse. With respect to the operations of air carriers in relation to those of the consumer, we cannot burden air carriers for things for which they are not responsible. For example, as mentioned in my s

October 30th, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal

Transportation Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, on May 16, the Minister of Transport introduced Bill C-49, the transportation modernization act, to bring our government's vision of a state-of-the-art national transportation system to fruition. All Canadians want their transportation system to be safe and secure,

October 30th, 2017House debate

Gagan SikandLiberal