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Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, let us be clear here. It is not like the Liberals do not know what consultation with other parties looks like. They did consult the opposition before appointing the Supreme Court justice recently. However, they consistently fail to consult on appointments for officer

December 13th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I would like the thoughts of the parliamentary secretary on the one part of this bill that does not simply make amendments to the Criminal Code, but to the Department of Justice Act. That, I guess, is why some are calling it an omnibus bill, though I do not agree wit

December 11th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I come from a place where the Monarchist League is a very strong part of our community. I can assure the member that I would taken precisely the same position if I were in the shoes of the chair of that committee. The provisions that exist in the code adequately

December 11th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, as I was not present during the debate on this bill at committee, I only have the summary available to me, but it is true. The hon. member is correct. The NDP did attempt to more clearly define the meaning of the phrase, “no consent obtained”, in one of the section

December 11th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Mount Royal and chair of the justice and human rights committee for the clarification. On the general point, I wish there were an opportunity for us to work together before we get there. When there are a lot of amendments, the timing do

December 11th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I must say that I admire Alfred Pellan as an artist, so I am conflicted in answering the specific question about the art. However, on the more global question, the Queen of Canada is the Queen of Canada, and I know that in my community, she is an immensely popular

December 11th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, it is an honour to rise to speak to Bill C-51 today. I want to begin by, I suppose apologizing to my colleague from Mount Royal, who is the excellent chair of the justice and human rights committee, and who runs it in a fashion that is non-partisan, to his credit.

December 11th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, on section 176, the Liberals would like to take credit for accepting this. Although I am not a member of the justice committee that was dealing with this issue, I know my colleague from Niagara Falls was and I understood that the Conservatives brought in amendments

December 11th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to follow my impassioned colleague from Skeena—Bulkley Valley. I wish I had the same level of anger. I should, but today I really come to this debate with absolute sadness at the missed opportunity before us in Bill C-58. When the Liberals introduce

December 5th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, this week, the Assembly of First Nations is holding its special chiefs assembly where a resolution will be presented to reject Bill C-58, the Liberals' effort to gut our Access to Information Act. Today, five chiefs stood with me, calling on the Liberals to fix Bill

December 4th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Recognition of Charlottetown as the Birthplace of Confederation Act  Mr. Speaker, I too rise to reiterate the New Democratic Party's support for Bill S-236. I would like to begin with a short preamble. As my colleagues know, this year we mark Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Being proud of a country's heritage and commemorating impor

December 4th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Orange Shirt Day: A Day for Truth and Reconciliation Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-386, An Act to establish Orange Shirt Day: A Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce my private member's bill that would recognize September 30 as orange shirt day in honour of residential school survivors and those

November 29th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Canada Revenue Agency  Mr. Speaker, instead of targeting five wealthy neighbourhoods, the Liberals can act right now on tax avoidance by closing tax loopholes. In fact, the Liberals voted in favour of an NDP motion that would do just that, but, of course, they failed to act. My private member's bill ai

November 27th, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

National Impaired Driving Prevention Week  Madam Speaker, I rise today to offer my support and congratulations to the member for Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel for bringing this important initiative before the House of Commons. We will be supporting it enthusiastically. I understand as well that the motion touches on issues

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP

Violence Against Women  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight the extraordinary work of leaders in Victoria, across Canada, and indeed the world to raise awareness, to de-stigmatize, and to end gender-based violence. This Saturday is the UN international day to end violence against women. November 25

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Murray RankinNDP