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Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, indigenous Canadians make up 4% of Canada's population but 25% of the federal prison population. We know that there are historical and systemic issues that have combined to cause this problem, and that is why the government has been focusing on bringing about socio-e

October 17th, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am presenting an e-petition that expresses concerns surrounding the construction of the Site C dam.

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Commissioner of the Northwest Territories  Mr. Speaker, yesterday in Yellowknife I had the honour of attending the swearing in ceremony for Margaret Thom, the new Commissioner of the Northwest Territories. Ms. Thom, a proud northerner, has been a counsellor at the Deh Gah school in Fort Providence for the past 20 years. I

September 19th, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

National Aboriginal Day  Mr. Speaker, [member spoke in Gwich'in] [English] It is also true that we are stronger and more successful when we work together as partners. Our commitment to building a new relationship, and supporting and improving outcomes for indigenous peoples and promoting reconciliati

June 21st, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, Canada 150 is an opportunity to engage Canadians in our communities from coast to coast to coast. It provides us with an opportunity to think about the past, reflect on all we have accomplished so far, and look toward the future with optimism. We know that many crown

June 2nd, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

World No Tobacco Day  Mr. Speaker, today the World Health Organization marks World No Tobacco Day. In Canada, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease, killing over 37,000 Canadians every year. Although the average smoking rate in Canada is 13%, our communities in the north expe

May 31st, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement  Mr. Speaker, on April 21, I had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories. Land claims strengthen local participation in decision-making, and create certainty about owne

May 2nd, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Hepatitis C  Mr. Speaker, hepatitis C is a contagious viral infection that ranges in severity from mild illness lasting a few weeks to serious lifelong liver disease. NWT has the highest rate of hepatitis C in Canada. About 250,000 people are infected with the virus in Canada, but most are un

March 20th, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Violence Against Women and Children  Mr. Speaker, today indigenous and non-indigenous people are pledging to help end violence against women and children. For the last six years, the Moose Hide Campaign has organized an annual gathering in Victoria. Many across B.C. and Canada affirm their commitment to the moveme

February 16th, 2017House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, today I am adding my voice to that of my colleague from the Yukon to speak about the need to protect the porcupine caribou calving grounds, located in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In fact, I ask all of us in this House to speak together to protect these grou

December 8th, 2016House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak in support of Bill C-235, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fetal alcohol disorder). Alcohol is one of the most toxic substances we humans consume. Unfortunately, in pregnancy, it c

December 6th, 2016House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Ruth Spence  Mr. Speaker, on October 16, Ruth Spence, a long-time northerner, volunteer, women's and children's advocate, and municipal politician passed away just short of her 90th birthday. I was fortunate enough to have met Ruth Spence several times over the years and knew of her lasting

November 22nd, 2016House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, for many years, the people of the lnuvialuit communities, especially Paulatuk, and environmental and conservation organizations have been advocating to protect the sensitive ecosystem in Darnley Bay, in my riding of Northwest Territories. I wonder if the Minister o

November 16th, 2016House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Housing  Mr. Speaker, in the north we have a high need for investment to supply suitable and affordable housing. I would like to ask the minister about the consultations he is doing on a national housing strategy, and more specifically, if there will be a northern housing strategy.

November 14th, 2016House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, on September 20, De Beers Canada and its joint venture partner, Mountain Province Diamonds, celebrated the official opening of the Gahcho KuĂ© mine, located northeast of Yellowknife. As the member for Northwest Territories, I am proud of the potential benefits this

October 19th, 2016House debate

Michael McLeodLiberal