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The Environment.  Mr. Speaker, I think I was pretty clear that the focus of this government is on enhancing and raising the environmental bar with respect to the environmental provisions of NAFTA. One needs to look at the track record. Canada has successfully included provisions on climate change

December 11th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment.  Mr. Speaker, Canada is firmly committed to the principle that trade and investment liberalization and environmental protection go hand in hand and is advancing a progressive approach to trade. Canada believes that commitments to high levels of environmental protection are an impo

December 11th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Parks Canada  Mr. Speaker, our government is fully committed to protecting the ecological integrity of Canada's national parks. Parks Canada has actually not received a formal proposal, and thus no decisions have been made. Without understanding the implications and the requirements of such

December 6th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada  Mr. Speaker, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. First established in 1977, COSEWIC is the independent body of experts responsible for identifying and assessing the status of wildlife species that may be at risk of

November 27th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows very well, the focus of the government is the 2030 target. The government was elected in late 2015, and through the course of 2016, it developed, in co-operation with the provinces and territories, the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member mentioned, the original question actually related to the G20 and the G20 declaration. As she also mentioned, I am proud to note that Canada worked hard with its G20 partners to reaffirm the irreversibility of the Paris agreement and its strong comm

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned in my remarks, we are very concerned to ensure indigenous peoples and their perspectives, histories, and culture are reflected in the context of the discussions around Canada's parks. We will continue to do that in every effort going forward, and we

November 8th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question, and for the passion he shows on issues relating to parks and indigenous reconciliation. Parks Canada is committed to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action 79, and is doing so in a manner that

November 8th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Intergovernmental Relations  Mr. Speaker, Parks Canada primarily exhibits the objects under its care at Parks Canada-administered national parks and national historic sites in every province and territory. In 2012, Parks Canada decided to build a purpose-built collection facility to ensure the sustainable c

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, obviously any assessment process requires evidence and science on which to actually base decisions. The joint review panel heard from a range of different interests and was informed by significant scientific evidence in coming to its decision. The minister made th

November 1st, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, I am very pleased to address the question raised by the hon. member for Windsor West regarding the deep geologic repository project. Our government is ensuring environmental risks that are linked to development are addressed by industry before projects proceed. We

November 1st, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, I am thankful to the member for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour for the leadership he has shown at the environment committee. Taking strong action on climate change and a clean, healthy environment are priorities for our government. On October 13 in North Vancouver, my hom

October 27th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, as I am sure the hon. member is aware, this government has made reaching an agreement on softwood lumber an extremely high priority. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has worked extensively to achieve that agreement. She has involved in that conversation all of the rel

October 19th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I think everybody in this House is united in the fact that we are looking for a deal on softwood lumber that is a good deal for Canadians, the forest products sector, and the local communities that support and provide the personnel who work in the forest products sec

October 19th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member herself has pointed out, there is significant employment that generates well-paying, middle-class jobs for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. There is also a significant amount of work that is being done through the forest products sector th

October 19th, 2017House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal