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Hanukkah  Mr. Speaker, the nights are growing longer and the winter solstice is almost here, but tonight, many of our homes will be full of light as the Jewish community starts celebrating Hanukkah. Lighting the candles on the menorah is one of my favourite holiday traditions, especially

December 12th, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, I really appreciated hearing the rundown and commentary about the bill, yet clearly what keeps on being flagged as I am listening to this conversation is that there is a need for greater access to information, a need to open things up. The current system clearly ne

December 5th, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, I was listening with interest to the presentation across the way and heard a lot of criticism of how the system is currently functioning. The member said it is slow and people are not getting the information they want. As far as I know, the Access to Information Ac

December 5th, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Cannabis Act  I understand the concern the member has raised, Mr. Speaker, and we need to think about that. Right now, cannabis remains illegal and it is not helpful at this moment to get into that conversation because it creates extra confusion. We need to make it clear that cannabis remain

November 21st, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, back when there were laws banning alcohol, organized crime got into the business of selling it. Once alcohol became legal and available to anyone who was of age, organized crime got out of the business. In our experience, that is because legalizing alcohol caused the

November 21st, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, not every house will have four plants in it, although that is the number of plants people will be entitled to. That being said, there is alcohol in many households, but that does not mean children drink all the time. Parents need to manage their households appropriat

November 21st, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I am happy to speak today to Bill C-45 concerning the legalization of cannabis. This issue is important to people in my community. I have heard from many constituents about their interests, desires, and concerns related to the legalization of cannabis. I have heard f

November 21st, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Firearms Act  Mr. Speaker, today I rise to speak about Bill C-346. For those who have just joined us, Bill C-346 amends the Firearms Act to eliminate the expiration of firearms licences for those over the age of 18. It essentially makes licences valid for life, only requiring an update of info

November 7th, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the effectiveness and compassion of our immigration system makes Canada an example for the world, but we know that we can always do better, including when it comes to immigration detention. Our government has made great steps on this, which can be seen in the signifi

November 6th, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, what we see is that as a government we are investing in new technologies, in clean technologies, and we are creating jobs for the future and that is what we are seeing on the ground. In a city like Toronto I am so pleased to have seen that, just yesterday I believe i

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, my friend across the way is speaking to an issue that is close to my heart. I am an avid cyclist. I cycle around as my main mode of transportation in my community and around the city. I absolutely believe that it is an important part of building out how we can get pe

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, that is an interesting question. I guess one just has to look for it. In my community, I have seen water infrastructure being built. In East York, there are new pipes going in. We can see those projects happening. I have seen new bike-share stations, which I just r

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I would like to inform the House that I will be splitting my time with the member for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook. I am happy to speak today about our government's budget implementation bill, which is an important step in providing opportunities fo

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, child care is a key and important issue to people in my community and I am pleased to present a petition that was started by Sara Ehrhardt of Toronto East Enders for Child Care. They are seeking high quality, affordable child care and relief for middle-income familie

October 26th, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, two years ago, Canadians had a choice. They could go with the NDP and Conservative plan for cuts to services, or they could go with our plan to support the middle class and people working hard to join it. They chose our plan that helps people put a roof over their he

October 25th, 2017House debate

Julie DabrusinLiberal