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Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, this week, along with my colleagues the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, I had the honour to host the first summit on human rights with my colleagues from the provinces and territories, the first summit in almost 30 years. Meeting

December 12th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, to the extent that the information that has been requested is protected by solicitor-client privilege, the federal crown asserts that privilege and, in this case, has waived that privilege only to the extent of revealing the total legal costs. Justice lawyers, notari

December 8th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, we are a government that bases its actions on science, evidence, and certainly, on data. The latest data available in 2015 shows the prevalence of cannabis use in the past year was one in five Canadians aged 15 to 19, and nearly one in three aged 20 to 24. The rate o

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the purpose of Bill C-45, as all members of the House have heard me state before, and what we are committed to, is legalization, strict regulation, and restriction of access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of young people, and the proceeds of its sale out of

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, as I said in my comments, the status quo simply is not working. Our government has been committed to the legalization, strict regulation, and restriction of access to cannabis from day one. To the first part of the question, we have engaged in extensive consultation

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank all members of the committee for their substantive work on Bill C-45. As I have said with respect to this bill, protecting the health and safety of Canadians is a top priority of our government. That is why we are taking a careful regulatory app

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  moved that Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, be read the third time and passed. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise to speak to Bill C-45. On October 13, I introduced two pieces of i

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  moved that the bill, as amended, be concurred in.

November 21st, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand up to speak to Bill C-45, which is currently being debated. Our government has been and will always be committed to moving forward to legalize, strictly regulate, and restrict access to cannabis in order to keep it out of the hands of children a

November 21st, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I appreciate my colleague's reiteration of the substantive investment of time that we have made. It has always been clear that this was a priority for our government. We engaged with a task force of experts, health experts and law enforcement, which provided us wit

November 21st, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, in fact I do recognize that these individuals are in Ottawa, and we have been listening. We have been talking to municipal officials. We have been looking them in the eye and having substantial conversations about Bill C-45 and the provisions contained therein. We

November 21st, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I have to reiterate the comprehensive nature of Bill C-45, the consultations, and the ongoing discussions we have had, and will continue to have, with provinces, territories, and municipalities to ensure that we can establish the comprehensive framework that will l

November 21st, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I know the member opposite has asked this question in previous forums. Nothing in Bill C-45 makes it legal for a young person to possess cannabis. In having the five grams in Bill C-45, we have sought to ensure that we find a balance between the over-criminalizati

November 21st, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, my colleague across the way has always been an advocate for ensuring we have public education and awareness campaigns. I appreciate her raising this in the House, time and again. Our government is fundamentally committed to it, ensuring we do it in a substantive wa

November 21st, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I completely reject that characterization. I appreciate the passion and the emotion in the way the member is expressing his views. Therefore, I will reiterate what I have stated in response to his comments to assure him we are listening. We have been listening for

November 21st, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal