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Petitions  Mr. Speaker, first, I would like to draw reference back to petition No. 421-02359 that I presented on May 9 and at which time I provided my own personal opinion on the petition. I later found out that it was outside of the procedure of the House. Therefore, I apologize for doing

June 20th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Firearms Act  Mr. Speaker, at the beginning of my colleague's speech he talked about this being a registry, and we have heard this time and time again coming from the opposition. I would offer to the House that is nothing more than a red herring. The Conservatives do not have an argument and

June 19th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Firearms Act  Mr. Speaker, I am becoming more and more convinced that this is really good legislation based on some of the arguments I am continuing to hear from the members of the opposition. We can tell that everything they continue to bring up, whether it is with respect to a registry or th

June 19th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Firearms Act  Mr. Speaker, unfortunately I disagree with the member and his comments. If we look at this bill objectively, we see it is a bill that does an extremely good job of protecting the rights of lawful gun owners for the recreational and sporting purposes. However, at the same time, it

June 19th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, it is a real pleasure to see the bill come back to this House with some of those recommendations. However, despite the fact that we hear rhetoric from the opposition around increased consumption among youth, the reality of the situation is that we know youth in Can

June 13th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, my colleague highlighted very well what is going on and the shift that is occurring, not just in our country but throughout the world, as it relates to moving toward renewable sources of energy, clean energy, and new ways of doing business. The member brought up so

June 12th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the comments made by my colleague across the floor in relation to this particular debate, but I took particular exception when he made reference to the Liberals using Bill C-51 as a political tool in the last election. The reality of the situation was th

June 7th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, my colleague in the NDP criticized the government's position on the legislation, insinuating that there were additional measures put in here that should not be in a budget document. At the same time, he was advocating for pay equity and pension legislation. Would he

June 5th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his speech today. I did listen to it, despite the fact that I may have been one of those people who was also working at my computer here researching some of the information and facts that he was talking about. The one thing in particular th

June 5th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, the parliamentary secretary touched on a really good point about two-thirds of the way through his speech, when he talked about where Canada was in 2015, technically entering into a recession, and what transpired in order to get us to where we are today. As a matter

June 5th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, the member serves on the environment committee, which I had the opportunity to serve on too, as did the member for Edmonton Strathcona. In her speech earlier, she basically all but said that she had absolutely no input, that when she put forward ideas or asked for

June 5th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, once again we are confronted with one of those issues where the Conservatives think we are doing too much and the NDP think we are not doing enough. I cannot help but wonder, objectively speaking, that if we removed ourselves from all of the partisanship right now, i

June 5th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, I noticed that in the beginning of his speech, if I heard him correctly, the member was talking about cellphone towers and other communication devices that are inserted into different landscapes and different areas, traditionally with very little public input. When I

June 5th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the comments from the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands. She is extremely passionate about this particular topic, as we know. I will not question her wisdom in terms of the information that she brings to the table in regard to this debate. I will say th

June 5th, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal

Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities Act  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in the House today to speak to Bill C-395, the opportunities act. I want to take an opportunity very quickly to thank the member for Carleton for bringing this forward. I know the opportunity to present a private member's bill does not come

May 31st, 2018House debate

Mark GerretsenLiberal