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Expungement of Certain Cannabis-related Convictions Act  Madam Speaker, first, I would like to thank the member opposite for keeping an open mind in considering support of my bill. I appreciate that very much. His recognition of the historical injustice and the disproportionate impact on indigenous and black Canadians is something on w

December 7th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Expungement of Certain Cannabis-related Convictions Act  Madam Speaker, I think my hon. friend would agree would that we work very effectively on the justice committee. It is an honour to serve with him there. Both of us are vice-chairs on that committee and he is a real asset to it. An expedited pardon process might come along and th

December 7th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Expungement of Certain Cannabis-related Convictions Act  moved that Bill C-415, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain cannabis-related convictions, be read the second time and referred to a committee. Madam Speaker, it is an honour to rise in the House this afternoon to present my private member's bill, Bill C-415. My

December 7th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Committees of the House  Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 23rd report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights concerning Bill C-78, an act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, A

December 7th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Justice  Madam Speaker, according to a Department of Public Safety report, fully 86% of participants agreed that the government should completely wipe out, not merely suspend, criminal records for minor offences, particularly convictions for cannabis possession. Half a million Canadians h

December 7th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Justice  Madam Speaker, yesterday I stood in Parliament with leaders from the John Howard Society. They said pardons do not provide enough protection for people with criminal records. They said this: If people's convictions are expunged, rather than pardoned...they will be able to respo

December 7th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Intergovernmental Affairs  Madam Speaker, I very much respect my colleague, the parliamentary secretary and appreciate his very kind words. I enjoy working him a great deal and appreciate his very wise words. I am still disappointed that the party of the charter would not see this as something it could em

December 6th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Intergovernmental Affairs  Madam Speaker, my presentation tonight emerges from a question that I asked of the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade on September 25, which in turn resulted from a motion I had made at the justice and human rights committee, of which I am proud

December 6th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Anti-Semitism  Mr. Speaker, Statistics Canada reports that last year the number of hate crimes increased by almost 50%. We now know, all too well, that online hate can lead to real-life violence. At this time of Hanukkah, Jews gather with family to celebrate the festival of lights. They light

December 4th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, when I made my speech on Bill C-75 at second reading, I mentioned that we were eager to work with the government to improve the bill. I am disappointed to report not enough was done to enable us to support this legislation. The government's stated goal was to reduc

November 28th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I had the honour, on October 29, to second Bill C-417 introduced by my friend and colleague from St. Albert—Edmonton. As he indicated, we worked together, along with the member who spoke earlier, the hon. member for Mount Royal, the chair of the justice and human rig

November 27th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Pharmacare  Mr. Speaker, last week, the Liberals gave $14 billion in tax breaks to rich corporations and left families struggling to make ends meet. Now Canadians and Canadian businesses are continuing to spend billions on medication for themselves or their employees. A universal single paye

November 26th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I am very honoured to rise to debate this matter. I am pleased as well to second this bill, brought to us by the hon. member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan. It is the work of Senator Ataullahjan from the other place, the Senate, that led us here. I understand th

November 20th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I appreciate my colleague putting her finger on one of the other great difficulties and the lack of collaboration between governments in addressing not only health issues but mental health issues and the need to do a better job of coordinating services. If the mone

November 5th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I am at a loss to really understand what the question means, so I will do my best. The fact that the former Conservative government lapsed $1 billion and the current government only lapsed one-third of that is not grounds for congratulation. The fact that the gov

November 5th, 2018House debate

Murray RankinNDP