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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

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, that is exactly the reason we tabled this motion today, to talk about jobs for middle-class Canadians, especially Albertans. I just outlined a number of projects happening in my riding alone that we could be doing in Alberta. When we look at Alberta, we could be inve

June 12th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, as a Vancouver Islander, the member knows all too well that we have seen raw logs go up tenfold in 10 years, in the name of jobs, while we have seen mills close. I live in a community that is deeply affected by this, a community with the highest unemployment rate i

June 12th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise today to speak to the NDP motion regarding clean energy and a just transition. I am also honoured to be splitting my time with my hon. colleague and friend from Kootenay—Columbia. The NDP believe that Canada should be investing in clean ren

June 12th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my friend and hon. colleague, the member for Winnipeg Centre, for outlining things we can do and are doing. However, I also want to follow up on the question my friend from Abbotsford just asked that was not answered. He stated clearly that the

June 12th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, when my colleague was in government, the government commissioned Justice Cohen to study the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River. One of the recommendations, recommendation 3, was: The Government of Canada should remove from the Department of Fisheries and

June 11th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, I have a great amount of respect for my colleague from Foothills. Certainly as well as being rural Canadians, we have a lot in common. My concern goes back to when the Fisheries Act was gutted in 2012, and when the former government removed protections, especially

June 11th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, we heard a lot of concerns from people in our communities when the Fisheries Act was gutted in 2012. It was not just New Democrats. It was people across political lines, people who care about our fish. They were concerned that there were not adequate protections in p

June 11th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate that the member is standing up for people, working people. We, too, are doing that. In my riding, we have heard, loud and clear, that people would like to see a strong Fisheries Act to protect our fish. We have seen a decline, like never before, of our

June 11th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, we do not agree with the Conservatives around this legislation. We are trying to restore and implement things they cut when they were in government that did not protect our salmon. The member has raised a valid concern about consultation with indigenous people. The

June 11th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Fisheries Act  Absolutely, Mr. Speaker, and that is exactly why we support this legislation for the restoration of habitat and protection for our fish. I have also cited some concerns. The member talked about indigenous people. The legislation says “may consider” instead of saying “will consid

June 11th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP