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Petitions  Madam Speaker, it is an honour for me to rise today to table a petition on behalf of constituents from Courtenay. They have stated that over 4,000 Canadians died in 2017 and over 2,800 in 2016 due to preventable opioid overdose resulting from fentanyl-poisoned sources. The number

December 7th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to table an e-petition that was sponsored by John and Jennifer Hedican who lost their son Ryan to fentanyl poisoning. This petition is e-1586 and it was signed by 3,210 people. The petitioners are calling on the Government of Canada to declare the c

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, we have heard, time and time again, that a garbage truck of plastic is entering our oceans and our waterways every minute, globally. In fact, here in Canada, we produce more garbage per person than any other country in the developed world. Today, a CBC article on my

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I have a lot of respect for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice. We know that at committee many witnesses came forward and testified that mandatory minimums in fact contributed to the backlog. I know that the parliamentary secretary discussed thi

November 28th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to table a petition on behalf of residents of coastal British Columbia. They are calling on the government to work with the provinces, municipalities and indigenous communities to develop a national strategy to combat plastic pollution in and around a

November 28th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the Department of Veterans Affairs, what was the total allotments, expenditures and amount and percentage of all “lapsed spending“ for the 2017-18 fiscal year?

November 19th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

The Environment  Madam Speaker, it is great to see the parliamentary secretary so active on this file. What we need is regulation. We need traceability, tracking and accountability when it comes to plastics in the ocean, especially when it comes to industry. We can look at salmon farming and oys

November 6th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

The Environment  Madam Speaker, it is an honour to rise again today to talk about a very important issue for people of Courtenay—Alberni, and certainly across Canada. As we know, plastic is entering our oceans and our aquatic environments at a rapid pace. Over a garbage truck of plastic is enter

November 6th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, in 2015, the Prime Minister criticized the Harper Conservatives for lapsed spending at Veterans Affairs. He said, “They left unspent more than $1 billion that Parliament allocated for veteran support. Canadians know that this is wrong.” He was right: this is wrong.

November 6th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, passing this motion today would be a victory for veterans, but ending lapsed spending is only the tip of the iceberg. The Liberals are now making veterans wait until 2020 to pay them back $165 million they are rightfully owed, and have introduced an unfair system fo

November 6th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the parliamentary secretary for commenting on some action the government is taking and undertaking. I talked about marine debris and the lack of legislation and the regulatory void that is in place. We also learned that is the same with single-use pl

November 5th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise tonight to reflect on a question of mine for the Prime Minister about World Oceans Day, namely, the use of single-use plastics and the lack of regulations to protect Canadians and our oceans, and to combat plastic pollution. We know that over

November 5th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend from Essex for her important work and for standing up for veterans in her riding. She often comes to me and talks about some of the challenges that veterans are facing in her riding, especially due to the backlog of disability benefits. Today we ar

November 5th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, here it is Remembrance Week. It is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the duty we have to honour our veterans and to make sure they are getting the services they so deserve. This motion today is in the spirit of goodwill and of all of Parliament working togeth

November 5th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, if the veterans sitting at home heard that speech, they would think it was a victory, that it was all good, that everything was sorted out and they could all go home as there was no problem at Veterans Affairs. We could be a little more humble and transparent. Wh

November 5th, 2018House debate

Gord JohnsNDP