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Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I was away on Foreign Affairs committee business at the time of the apology, so I do want to take this opportunity to associate myself with the words of our leader at that time and the sentiments expressed in the House. I would ask my colleague to comment on some of

December 13th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, as we prepare for the Christmas break, it is important to remember there will be political prisoners around the world spending this holiday season in prison, people who have committed no crimes other than to simply engage in practices or beliefs that the government w

December 13th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I have a simple question for my colleague. The orders in council by which the ministerial positions were created on November 4, 2015, established that the ministers of state would be subject to the full authority of other ministers; for example, a minister of state

December 12th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, when it comes to this particular issue, the arguments being made by the government are the height of absurdity. The Liberals want to use the legitimate importance of the specific areas covered by the sub-ministers as the basis for suggesting that these are in fact eq

December 12th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I agree with the principle thrust of my colleague's speech, which was to discuss the sexual assault provisions. I want to ask him about omnibus issues. In particular, does he see this bill as an omnibus bill?

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, my colleague has pointed out that some of the omnibus bills in the last government were about as long as the current government's omnibus budget bills. However, the interesting thing about his response to my question is that he said that most of the provisions of thi

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, that is a very wise and thoughtful question by our deputy whip. I am always happy to pay compliments to my colleagues, but especially the deputy whip. It certainly is in my interest to do so. Anyways, he is exactly right that the government is continually putting fo

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is not about anyone claiming credit here, although I will note parenthetically that the government is rarely shy about claiming credit, even for things that happened under the previous government. However, let us be very clear. The question I posed in my speech, a

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to have the opportunity today to join the debate on Bill C-51. It is quite clearly an omnibus bill dealing with a wide range of different provisions with respect to justice. I am going to comment on some of those provisions, but at the outset let me

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Do not worry, because I intend to be here a long time. The particular focus of public debate on the legislation concerned section 176 of the Criminal Code, which presently still exists. Section 176 specifically made it illegal to disrupt a worship service, or attack a “clergyman

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, in talking about the bill, my colleague touches on a number of different aspects of it dealing with sexual assault, with religious freedom, with a range of different things that are, frankly, disconnected. Aside from the particulars of the provision, I am curious for

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the member could speak a bit to section 176, which this bill had initially proposed removing, and on which there now seems a willingness on the part of the government to back away from doing. This was not a concession that came easily. Obviously, the memb

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition on a subject I have received many passionate representations on in my office. It is a difficult subject. It is on custody arrangements after divorce. The people bringing forward this petition are concerned that the current system, as it rel

December 11th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to bring the attention of some of my friends on the government side to, in fact, what—

December 7th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I hope members of the government will listen. This is the Liberals' opportunity to learn something. The orders in council that the government put forward on November 4 were the orders in council that created the ministerial positions. Let me read just one example, “

December 7th, 2017House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative