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Historic Sites and Monuments Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from across the way for his excellent work, and many contributions to the study that we just had on built heritage. In the committee, we did talk about many ways of advancing the reconciliation aspects, the move forward with our in

December 13th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Historic Sites and Monuments Act  Mr. Speaker, there are discussions with the government about ways we can add members to the board. The ruling on royal recommendation is not required until after the committee stage. There are some possibilities to deal with this specific issue at the committee stage. Discussions

December 13th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Historic Sites and Monuments Act  Mr. Speaker, absolutely, it is a step in the direction of reconciliation and breaking down those walls of exclusion. This is one small step, as I noted. Call to action 79.i is a way of recognizing that, right now, the commemorations program excludes the voices of our indigenous

December 13th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Historic Sites and Monuments Act  moved that Bill C-374, An Act to amend the Historic Sites and Monuments Act (composition of the Board), be read the second time and referred to a committee. Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise in the House to speak about my private member's bill, Bill C-374, An Act to amend th

December 13th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

By-Elections  Mr. Speaker, yesterday thousands of Canadians in four provinces turned out to take part in the democratic process and choose representatives to succeed the dedicated men and women who served before them. I congratulate all of the candidates for a hard-fought campaign, and thank t

December 12th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, for too long communities across Canada have been experiencing the devastating effects of gun violence and gang activity. Criminal gangs are responsible for rising numbers of killings, often involving guns illegally smuggled into the country. It is a tragedy when youn

November 20th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, our oceans are central to our Canadian heritage and identity. With the longest coastline in the world and bordering three oceans, Canada is truly a maritime nation. However, our oceans are under threat from climate change, overfishing, and pollution. This is why we p

November 1st, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

World Polio Day  Mr. Speaker, today, October 24, I stand to recognize World Polio Day. Canada has been a global leader in the fight against polio from the very beginning and we are committed to seeing it through to the end. In June, our government announced that Canada would contribute $100 milli

October 24th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Historic Sites and Monuments Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-374, An Act to amend the Historic Sites and Monuments Act (composition of the Board). Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce my private member's bill, Bill C-374, an act to amend the Historic Sites and Monuments Act, composition of the Board.

October 18th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Parks Canada Agency Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise today in the House to speak to Bill C-315, an act to amend the Parks Canada Agency Act, conservation of national historic sites account. I greatly commend the member who put forward the bill in the spirit of trying to get more resources to o

October 6th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, as someone who sits on the environment and sustainable development committee, I can say how pleased I am with the government's response. Many of our recommendations made it into the legislation, and many of the ones that are not directly in the legislation will be ac

October 6th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, flowing from the Federal Sustainable Development Act are the sustainable development strategies that each department needs to do. As the minister noted in her comments this morning, the scope of the departments covered by that is being expanded under these changes. I

October 6th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, our government is doing a fantastic job through the agenda we have put forward. We inherited a government that was devoid of any attention to climate issues. We are working, through legislation such as Bill C-57, to address the need for Canadian leadership on sustain

October 6th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to acknowledge the excellent work that the commissioner of the environment does on her audits. It provides great information for our government to be able to move forward and address the concerns that have been raised. As I noted, Bill C-57 takes the wo

October 6th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal

Federal Sustainable Development Act  Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I would like to inform you that I will be splitting my time with the member for Guelph. Today I am going to speak to how our government's priorities align with international sustainable development objectives. I will begin by providing an overview of

October 6th, 2017House debate

John AldagLiberal