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Pride Month  Mr. Speaker, in 1993, I ran on a promise of LGBTQ2+ equality in law and in fact. As a physician, I had seen how discrimination affected my patients. This Pride month, in the so-called “Year of the Queer”, I reflect on what pride means to this community: the ability to stand, afte

June 14th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the real impact of climate change cannot be understated. The challenge governments face is striking the right balance between an evolving economy and protection of the environment now and for future generations. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change repeate

June 6th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Multiple Sclerosis  Mr. Speaker, today is World MS Awareness Day. I remember our colleague and friend Rick Wackid, who was taken suddenly by this disease at a very young age. Canadians have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. It is a progressive illness, and the ability to

May 30th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Extension of Sitting Hours  Mr. Speaker, I could not have put it better myself. My hon. colleague put it in a nutshell. That is exactly what we are talking about. There is essential work that is already on the table and that has already been done by committees and by the House, which we need to finish. Let

May 29th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Extension of Sitting Hours  Mr. Speaker, that is an interesting question, because we are still dealing with the provinces on how they want to see the price on carbon move forward. We are not saying that every province wants a carbon tax. British Columbia did want it, and it worked well. I mentioned the fa

May 29th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Extension of Sitting Hours  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the hon. member's comment about his particular government in the province of British Columbia having done so well, but we know that the economy was up and jobs were being created four or five years before the NDP came into power. It has been in power onl

May 29th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Extension of Sitting Hours  Mr. Speaker, we are back again to this sort of hedging and arguing about things. The hon. member asked me a question with a yes or no answer. Most things do not have a yes or no answer. Most things have more factors involved in them. I cannot say yes or no. That may not be what h

May 29th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Extension of Sitting Hours  Mr. Speaker, I have been listening with interest to the discussion and debate in the House on this particular motion, Motion No. 22, and I am rising to support the motion. I have been in this place for a very long time and I have watched political gamesmanship come and go. I hav

May 29th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra  Mr. Speaker, do you hear a waltz? I ask because I am giving a shout-out to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. A cornerstone of the Vancouver cultural scene, the VSO is one of the nation's oldest symphony orchestras. It has led world tours,

May 24th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, Canada is hosting G7 countries throughout 2018 and at the leaders' summit discussions in June in Charlevoix, Quebec. The empowerment of women is at the head of this agenda, and it is critical in these talks, since the empowerment of women can achieve global peace, ca

April 26th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Interparliamentary Delegations  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the following four reports by the Canadian delegation to the OSCE PA. The first is respecting its participation at the 16th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamen

January 31st, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Susan Hutchinson  Mr. Speaker, I stand today to pay tribute to the life of an extraordinary person. My constituent, Susan Hutchinson, died earlier this month. She devoted her entire life to public and community service. Susan was ordained in the Diocese of Quebec in 2000. She was a minister for co

January 30th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member makes a very important point. If we do not know what we are talking about, how can we deal with it properly? Then we get vague. The member is absolutely right that no one can do anything if there is vagueness and the barriers that are created by vague

January 29th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, the member raises an important point, and I am very well aware of what the status of women committee said. It is very difficult, though, to police what people do in the privacy of their own homes. I think the member is talking about underage people. There is not just

January 29th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, I am sharing my time with the hon. member for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country. If I may be permitted, I will just quickly go over the first bit of what I said. I am really pleased to see the support of all members of Parliament for this bill, despi

January 29th, 2018House debate

Hedy FryLiberal