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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the Nuu-chah-nulth people are eager to reconcile but the Liberals keep fighting them in court. Nuu-chah-nulth fishers have waited since 2009 to exercise their right to catch and sell fish in their own territories. The courts, right up to the Supreme Court of Canada,

December 11th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured and proud to rise today to table a petition on behalf of constituents in my riding, in their call for the establishment of a national cycling strategy. With rising and soaring health care costs, infrastructure costs, and the need to tackle greenhouse g

December 8th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I do want to thank the member for coming to my riding. He did come and it was great. He heard from people and from the nations how important these rights and this settlement are to the Nuu-Chah-Nulth people. He heard how much we need coastal restoration funds in the

December 7th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, for thousands of years, salmon has been the foundation and main food source of the Nuu-chah-nulth first nations. Over the last eight years, their basic right to catch and sell fish on their traditional territory has been upheld by the B.C. Supreme Court and the Supre

December 7th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, first, we are spending more time on this bill than we are on the budget, which is really disappointing. There are so many important issues and so many things for which the Liberal government has not accounted. So many Canadians have been left behind. Here we are, t

December 7th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Canada Shipping Act, 2001  Madam Speaker, it is a huge honour today to rise to speak to Bill C-352 on abandoned vessels. I would like to thank the member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Ladysmith for tabling this very important bill and proving she is a strong steward and champion for our environment. It follows

December 6th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, it is my honour and pleasure today to table a petition on behalf of petitioners from Vancouver Island in support of my Motion No. 151 to develop a national strategy to combat plastic pollution in aquatic environments. The petitioners call on the government to recogn

December 6th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to table a petition in the House today on behalf of residents from Hornby Island, Denman Island, and Courtenay. The petitioners want to recognize the inherent rights of farmers derived from thousands of years of custom and tradition to save, reuse, sel

November 29th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend and colleague from British Columbia for bringing up “skategate”. Almost nobody from British Columbia ridings is going to use the temporary skating rink that will cost Canadians $5.6 million, or $215,000 a day, and located a block away from t

November 28th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, first, I voted against a middle-class tax break that did not include 17.9 million Canadians. Anyone who earns $45,000 a year or less get nothing. I will not support a tax cut where people who earn between $100,000 and $200,000 a year get a $700 tax break and most of

November 28th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it would be great if this money were going to foreign aid, but it is not. It is going to an infrastructure bank, money that could be invested in our communities. Alberni valley needs urgent investments for our port, which would create hundreds of jobs. That would be

November 28th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, we are hearing about a temporary skating rink being built right here on the lawn of Parliament. It is going to cost over $215,000 a day, while in my riding, a third of the children are living in poverty. Today I rose on a statement to call on the government to chan

November 28th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, the intervention could not have been more perfect, because we are talking about where the government is not spending its money. It is in my communities. It is spending $500 million on the Asian infrastructure bank instead of infrastructure in Ahousat, in Hesquiat, an

November 28th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to talk about my journey this summer through my riding. It is very relevant to the budget implementation act tabled today and to what is not in the budget. This summer I travelled my riding. It is 8,500 square kilometres. I did it by bicycle and by boa

November 28th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Child Poverty  Mr. Speaker, education is the leading determinant of health and wellness and is also the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Child poverty is something that affects every riding in the country, and in my riding we have levels that double the national average. The Canada learn

November 28th, 2017House debate

Gord JohnsNDP