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Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, while we enjoy time away, I hope we will remain attentive to challenges facing fragile democracies around the world. For example, in Sri Lanka, the President has sought to oust the elected Prime Minister and replace him with a former president with a troubling human

December 12th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, if we look at strengthening the legal mechanisms in place that address the issue of violence against clergy, the targeting of people on the basis of their faith or attacks against houses of worship, section 176 is the place to look. We often hear about the importance

December 10th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, on that point, the government proceeded with hybridizing offences under section 176 in Bill C-75. Although members of the standing committee chose to make that change with respect to Bill C-51, we saw new government legislation in the form of Bill C-75 that again sho

December 10th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I hope my colleague and his party will consider the arguments I made with respect to advance consent and its other application as well. It is important to reflect on that. I know they have been very clear on the issue of advance consent in this case, but it is import

December 10th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise today to participate in the debate on Bill C-51 and, in particular, the Senate amendments. My intention in my remarks today is to focus on two issues that arise out of this bill. One is the question of advance consent in general, at a philo

December 10th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise to table a petition calling on the House to give speedy passage to Bill S-240. They will be pleased to know that it has now passed unanimously at second reading. However, it remains to be considered at committee and by the House again at third reading. The pet

December 10th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Points of Order  Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I might as well use this time to raise a matter of order. I know that the Speaker may need to come back to the House on it, but it is something that requires some clarification. Standing order 53.1(2) indicates that a take-note debate o

December 10th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I am going to start by tying up a loose end. Some members have spoken and raised the question of whether, effectively, this is already captured by other provisions of the Criminal Code. The parliamentary secretary to the minister of science made comments that mig

December 10th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Maybe, rather than heckling, he could use his time to pursue the reading list that I have recommended to him on a number of occasions. Mr. Speaker, I would like to reference in this context an article about Edmund Burke and the environment, an article that I think is an interest

December 6th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to continue with this important discussion of policies around environmental sustainability. My colleagues in the other parties are saying it is their pleasure. I hope so, because there may be things that they do not hear in the talking points that a

December 6th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, my friend from Winnipeg North says that they have great potential for growth from that. I agree, but as the Liberals thought after the 2008 elections, sometimes we do not know where the floor is. Nonetheless, the issue at hand is that they use the argument that any

December 6th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in this chamber to participate in the debate on Bill C-57, a bill dealing with sustainable development and the government's environmental policy. This chamber will soon close and we will proceed to having debates for perhaps a decade or even

December 6th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Hazaras  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak of the continued persecution of Afghanistan's indigenous people, the Hazaras. Since being forcefully displaced from their ancestral lands in the 18th century, the Hazaras have been the victims of many terrible crimes. This November alone, scores

December 6th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Veterans Affairs  Madam Speaker, my colleague said that he could not talk about the specifics of this situation, so I will present a hypothetical situation and ask if he thinks this hypothetical person should receive benefits from Veterans Affairs. In a hypothetical case, we have a person who ne

December 5th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative

Veterans Affairs  Madam Speaker, before I get to the topic of my late show question, I do have to say that it is disappointing this evening to again see the government talk out, and therefore deny, the opportunity to expedite a good private member's bill. Bill C-316 was debated tonight, and it wou

December 5th, 2018House debate

Garnett GenuisConservative