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Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the comments of my colleague across the way. One of the things that our Prime Minister often talks about is the importance of our standing committees. When the standing committees get the opportunity to go over legislation, they are afforded the opportun

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, one of the important aspects of the legislation is the sexual assault component. I believe that in 2016 there were over 20,000 sexual assaults reported but far more went unreported because many victims failed to report for a wide variety of reasons. This legislation

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, my colleague will recall us talking about the original piece of legislation that had the repeal of section 176 and how that was ultimately amended out of the legislation and in fact improved upon to modernize that aspect of the Criminal Code. I wonder if the member w

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I disagree with my colleague across the way who, I believe, is trying to give a false impression. Canadians from different regions of our country contacted their members of Parliament. With respect to section 176, I was but one member of Parliament who was contacted

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, for me, personally, this legislation is important. It is the sexual assault aspect of the legislation that I believe makes it so very important, and one of the reasons why this government needs to move forward with it as soon as possible. I suspect that's the reason

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I suspect that is one of the greatest motivating factors as to why the government is willing to move forward on this particular issue. If I conclude just on the rape shield provisions, “to include communications of a sexual nature or communications for a sexual purp

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, that is one of the reasons why I started the speech in the manner in which I did, focusing specifically on section 176. There have been a number of my colleagues, members across the way, who have talked about Bill C-51 and the many different advantages of the passage

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to Bill C-51, which is important legislation. I do not necessarily agree with my colleague across the way when he talks about the omnibus nature of legislation. In fact, a very thorough review has taken place. This legislation is a reflection, as I ma

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I would like to pick up on the comment by my colleague across the way that this is an omnibus bill. We have a number of changes before us in the bill. Those changes come, in good part, as a result of court decisions and reviews that have been done of the Criminal A

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Privilege  Mr. Speaker, on the point of order, after listening to my colleague across the way, I believe some new information has been brought to the House. On behalf of the government, I would like to look at what the member has put on the record and come to the House in due course with fu

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  Mr. Speaker, if the government's response to Questions Nos. 1267 to 1269, 1271, 1273 to 1276, 1280, 1281, 1283, 1284, 1286 to 1288, and 1290 could be made orders for return, these returns would be tabled immediately.

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  Mr. Speaker, I ask that all remaining questions be allowed to stand.

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, many constituents of mine have signed a petition calling on the Government of Canada to take action to encourage palliative care and quality health care. Petitioners recognize that no one level of government has the sole responsibility to ensure that Canadians have g

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, the following questions will be answered today: Questions Nos. 1270, 1272, 1277 to 1279, 1282, 1285, and 1289.

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Government Response to Petitions  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's responses to 43 petitions.

December 11th, 2017House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal