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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, last week constituents of mine working in pipeline repair and inspection services were detained upon arrival into Canada, despite having provided travel letters and government essential service worker permits to the CBSA agents. Workers who cross the border for essen

March 23rd, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Volunteerism  Madam Speaker, today I am proud to recognize the great work of volunteers in my riding of Yellowhead. I want to give special recognition to the brand-new food pantry at the Edson United Church, which has already been supplying free nutritious hot meals to the community. I recen

March 22nd, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Health  Madam Speaker, the government has completely bungled its quarantine hotel scheme. The Conservatives have been calling for a post-arrival testing regime since the beginning. The Calgary International Airport pilot project showed that this could be done successfully. I recently m

March 12th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2020  Madam Speaker, my colleague had an interesting interpretation. The Liberals talk about not giving cheques to their millionaire friends. The Ethics Commissioner sometimes has had some difficulty in assessing the same values or principles at times. We need to assist families, and

February 26th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2020  Madam Speaker, that does go hand in hand. When we talk about tourism, without the cultural activities available, how would we attract people? We need to address that area. It is very important that when we look at the tourism sector, we also include the arts and culture sector a

February 26th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2020  Madam Speaker, it is very important that we point out the failures of the Liberal government. If it had looked at things a little better or done things a little differently, we would not have had to spend huge amounts of money on these programs. The member is definitely right. I

February 26th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2020  Madam Speaker, I rise today to discuss the state of our economy and Bill C-14, an act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament back in November. Over the past year, many Canadians have faced a complete lack of certainty about their livelihoo

February 26th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I would like to present two petitions today. The first is with regard to the fact that Canada is still many years away from eliminating the use of oil and gas. Oil and gas produced in western Canada is produced with the highest labour and environmental standards in

February 23rd, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, my second petition is on thermal coal. The petitioners call on the government to keep mining thermal coal in Alberta because it is produced to the highest environmental and labour standards, with very low sulphur content, thus giving China access to better coal to

February 23rd, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, Jasper and Jasper National Park are probably the most famous or most known for tourism in my riding. I am happy the member said tourism is suffering, because a previous speaker mentioned how many great things the sector is doing and I was thinking we were not in the

February 22nd, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, the government's new gun confiscation bill is overreaching. Not only will the legislation confiscate real firearms from law-abiding citizens, but it will also prohibit the sale of airsoft guns. One of my constituents owns a small sport shooting store that sells airso

February 22nd, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Telecommunications  Madam Speaker, when the minister announced the results of the 600 megahertz auction last year, she noted the government's set-aside policy had created more competition for Canadians. However, we now know that set-aside bidders have a poor track record of deploying spectrum in rur

February 5th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, that is one of the things we always want to talk about. We want to ensure no one is overtaxed, but we want to ensure Canadian content is treated the same as any of the big Internet providers. We do not want to be giving more benefits to Internet giants such as Netf

February 5th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, I do not think we should necessarily be looking at following somebody else's examples. We need to ensure we have our own Canadian-made that fits Canada. A lot of options have to be available to us. When we are looking at whether service providers, such as Netflix

February 5th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, one of my biggest concerns is how Bill C-10 treats local media. When we talk about the Francophone, we need to ensure we have culturally sensitive information. We are a bilingual country. We have to ensure it is entrenched in our communications that we have the pro

February 5th, 2021House debate

Gerald SorokaConservative