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Petitions  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to table a petition today on behalf of my constituents, who are members of the Knox United Church in Parksville and who support the Parksville-Qualicum Interfaith Kairo committee. The petitioners call for recommended changes to the justice system so

June 20th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I have another petition from people who are in support of Motion No. 151. The petitioners call on the government to create a national strategy to combat plastic pollution and create regulations aimed at reducing single-use plastics, plastic debris discharged from st

June 20th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act  Mr. Speaker, that is the problem. We hear from one side about hundreds of millions of dollars, but it is $1.25 million over four years. It is not hundreds of millions of dollars the Liberals have committed to this program. The member speaks about the oceans protection plan. Und

June 19th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act  Mr. Speaker, when I think about the Sir Wilfrid Laurier, it was a perfect example of our not being able to identify who the owner was. There was a great story in The Vancouver Sun. When we traced it back, the individual who owned it had just come out of jail. We traced it to that

June 19th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a huge honour today to rise to speak to Bill C-64, an act respecting wrecks, abandoned, dilapidated or hazardous vessels and salvage operations. Before I get started, I have to give a huge shout-out and thanks to my colleague from Nanaimo—Ladysmith for her pe

June 19th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for her continued advocacy for our oceans and for this issue. Clearly, the member is frustrated. She has seen the government delay. It does not have a plan to deal with the Kathryn Spirit. She has raised this multiple times in the House.

June 19th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise again and table a petition in support of Bill C-312, an act to establish a national cycling strategy. My constituents have asked that I table this petition today. It is especially timely because we have recently lost lives as a result of undue s

June 19th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the costs in legal fees, mediation and compensation for appeals and out of court settlements involving veterans, paid by the government, since 2008: (a) how many legal cases involving veterans were brought to court since 2008, broken down by (i) year, (ii) costs as

June 18th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to table a petition that was crafted by John and Jennifer Hedican of Courtenay and nurse Shanyn Simcoe. They have drafted this petition on behalf of John and Jennifer's 26-year-old son, Ryan Hedican, who, like thousands of other Canadians, lost his li

June 18th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Search and Rescue  Mr. Speaker, today my heart is with the Tla-o-qui-aht people and especially the families of three young men lost at sea off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Friday. Two other lives were saved, thanks to local citizens. Dozens of private boats, marine tour operators, crews

June 18th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, one thing I am not hearing enough about today is the cost to taxpayers for natural disasters that are a result of climate change. We have seen record numbers of forest fires. We have seen floods like we have never seen before, which the PBO has projected will cost ab

June 14th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have a lot of respect for my friend from British Columbia. He knows as well as I do that in the last five years we have had record forest fires raging through the province of British Columbia and through the province of Alberta. In my home community, we have had d

June 14th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Estuary Restoration  Mr. Speaker, the Kus-kus-sum project in my riding is a model of co-operation between residents in the Comox Valley, the K'ómoks people, the City of Courtenay, and the Comox Valley Regional District. They are working in partnership with the private sector and charitable foundation

June 14th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I really want to thank my friend from Carleton for his articulate speech. I agree with him that government does not belong and should not be playing a role in investing in a leaky pipeline. It should be the private sector moving forward when it comes to energy, unle

June 12th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we have heard about the promise from the government to end subsidies to oil and gas. In fact, we saw the government now somehow magically come up with $4.5 billion for a leaky pipeline. I have to ask the member a question, because where I live, people are irate that

June 12th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP