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Public Service of Canada  Mr. Speaker, Canada has, of course, one of the finest public services in the world. We have professionals who have been able to help support Canadians throughout the troubling times that we have had during the pandemic. We are very proud of our public service. Of course, we want

May 13th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Public Service of Canada  Mr. Speaker, I am just trying to understand my hon. colleague who knows the many issues regarding Canada's public service. Is he suggesting that we should compensate folks who do not meet their targets? I am certain that is not what he suggested. What we are really talking about

May 13th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada's Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Mégantic—L'Érable for his speech. However, I would like to apologize to you, Mr. Speaker, because I just assumed that you had learned French, but you are a francophone by birth from an Acadian community. On that note, I would

May 12th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada's Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, all stakeholders were listened to. Politics is about making choices, and I think that we arrived at a good compromise that reflects the vast majority of the suggestions we received.

May 12th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada's Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, I will never admit to that. We took the time that was needed to do things right. I think it is important to make the right changes when modernizing this act. The last time the act was reviewed was in 1988 under the Mulroney government. I commend Mr. Mulroney for upd

May 12th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada's Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, let me answer in the language in which the member addressed her question. I thank the member for Nunavut for the incredible work she has done. The member for North Island—Powell River is an extraordinary member of Parliament, but I have to say that the contributions

May 12th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada's Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak to Bill C‑13, an act for the substantive equality of Canada's official languages. This is an important bill. As we know, along with indigenous languages, English and French are at the heart of Canada's history and i

May 12th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Women's Rights  Mr. Speaker, American civil rights leader Martin Luther King said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”. He made that comment in the context of the consensus stemming from the Second World War that everyone should be treated equally. Civil rights

May 10th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, each fiscal year, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, TBS, collects data on the number of requests received, completed, closed, outstanding, carried over and responded to according to legislative timelines (30 days), and extensions taken, broken down by length

May 9th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, Canadians expect their politicians to come together and get to work to help make their lives better. The Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party have agreed to improve the way we approach politics over the next three years for the benefit of Canadians. T

May 9th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Health  Madam Speaker, having a fully vaccinated workforce makes our work sites and communities safer. When we asked employees of the federal public service to stand up and do their part, 99% said yes. We are committed to review this policy every six months. Right now, we are in the midd

April 29th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Public Service of Canada  Madam Speaker, our government believes those who disclose serious wrongdoing should be protected. The Office of the Public Security and Integrity Commissioner of Canada is an independent agency of Canada. It is mandated to allow anyone to disclose wrongdoing in the federal public

April 29th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Claude LeBlanc  Madam Speaker, 2022 was a difficult year for Hull—Aylmer. I would like talk about Claude LeBlanc, who died suddenly on March 20 at the age of 67. For almost 40 years, Claude was Garage Grande-Rivière's mechanic and owner. He was honest, hard-working and generous. He loved a good

April 29th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that the access to information process supports the transparency and accountability of Canadian federal institutions. The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, TBS, welcomes the Information Commissioner’s observation

April 25th, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal

Olivier Duhaime  Mr. Speaker, I would like to talk about my extraordinary former assistant, Olivier Duhaime. We met in the summer of 2015 while running in Gatineau Park. He became my first political aid on the Hill. Olivier is an ultra-marathoner. For the 150th anniversary of Canada, he ran from

March 2nd, 2022House debate

Greg FergusLiberal