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Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, before I present the report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, I want to acknowledge the member for Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke, who has made a significant contribution to this report. I have the honour to present, in both official la

December 12th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I have two responses. First, Bill C-63, or the ancillary documents with the bill, move forward the benefit by two years. The anticipated benefit was going to start in 2019 or 2021, but it has been moved forward by two years. As to child care spaces, the best way to

December 1st, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it was a good half idea, insofar as it was universal. That is the good part. It was not such a good idea with respect to taxing the benefit, because that actually diminishes the benefit of the benefit, as it were. I think income testing it is not such a bad idea. I

December 1st, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I am sure my hon. colleague would like me to say that it is entirely due to the wisdom and intelligence of our government, but I do not believe that. We are doing well economically. The point I want to make, though, in connecting the Canada child benefit to the extra

December 1st, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to follow my colleague, who is a very able contributor to the public safety and emergency preparedness committee. I did not agree with everything he had to say, but nevertheless there was sufficient there to be helpful in this debate. I also want to inf

December 1st, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I want to express my admiration for the hon. member, who has covered a massive range of subjects in his 20 minutes, some of which are actually related to the bill before us. I want to bring him back to his comments about his riding, which apparently is a younger rid

December 1st, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, in 2016, the unemployment rate for recent immigrants was 11%, while Canadian-born people had an unemployment rate of just 5%. That is a significant discrepancy. If we truly want Canadians to build successful lives in Canada and join the ranks of the middle class, w

November 28th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the seventh report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security entitled “Supplementary Estimates (B) 2017-18”.

November 20th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Everyday Political Citizen Award  Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise in the House today to recognize the nomination of Jan Rowan for the Samara Everyday Political Citizen award. At age 12, Jan received one shilling for Lent, and much like the good and faithful servant in the parable of the talents, Jan felt t

November 2nd, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 14th report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security concerning Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act. The committee has studied the bill and has decided to report the bill ba

October 30th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, on October 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin placed one of his fiercest critics, Bill Browder, on Interpol's most wanted list for the fifth time. It was removed a few hours ago for the fifth time. Mr. Browder led the campaign seeking justice for murdered Russian l

October 26th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, on the face of it, those seem to be irreconcilable concepts, namely, that $1,500 slap-on-the wrist kind of idea for impaired driving. It speaks to the larger issue of minimum mandatories and substituting in effect parliamentary judgment on each individual case for a

October 20th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member raises a very legitimate question, one that had some debate earlier in the day, to which I do not think there is any really good answer. I represent a community that has pretty well every racial ethnic group known to mankind in it. I have sat in my of

October 20th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, when I started my speech, the hon. member for Scarborough Southwest was out. He said that he had forgotten more about this area of practice than I will never know. With the greatest respect to my colleague, the issue is not so much what the law says; it is the practi

October 20th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I am entering this debate from a position of disadvantage in that I do not sit on the justice committee and therefore have not listened to the testimony that came before it. I am therefore dependent on what is going on here this morning and also upon my friend from S

October 20th, 2017House debate

John McKayLiberal