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The Budget  Madam Speaker, I love the way the hon. member seems to be able to extract bad news out of good. After his wanderings all over the fiscal map, I will say that growth in the United States is an issue. There has not been a government in Canada since the time of Confederation that d

March 19th, 2018House debate

John McKayLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, one of the things that I learned from former finance minister Paul Martin, and subsequently Prime Minister Martin, is to get the economic fundamentals right. For the first two years, the government has been readdressing the economic fundamentals of the previous go

March 19th, 2018House debate

John McKayLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, my hon. colleague for Lac-Saint-Louis gave an excellent speech and I thank him for sharing his time with me. It is very generous of him. This is actually a very good budget. I realize that may not be a universally held position and possibly is really bad for the

March 19th, 2018House debate

John McKayLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I would like to present two petitions on behalf of constituents in my riding of Scarborough—Guildwood. This is from the Somaliland expatriate community. It wishes to have Canada recognize Somaliland as an independent country, as well as contribute to international di

March 19th, 2018House debate

John McKayLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the following two reports of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security: the 17th report entitled “Supplementary Estimates (C), 2017-18”, and the 18th report entitled “Interim Estimates 2018

March 19th, 2018House debate

John McKayLiberal

Mining Industry  Mr. Speaker, nine years ago this month, I introduced a bill on corporate accountability, Bill C-300. It proposed the withdrawal of consular and financial support from Canadian mining companies found to have breached international human rights or environmental standards. Companies

February 14th, 2018House debate

John McKayLiberal

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