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Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, my friend just mentioned harms. Three thousand Canadians are born every year with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. That is 3,000 Canadians and just one issue. That is not counting drunk driving. That is not counting domestic abuse. That is not counting rape and sexua

November 9th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for her speech and will note that I am welcoming one of her constituents, my father-in-law, out for lunch shortly. I sympathize with some of the comments made by members, particularly with respect to medicinal cannabis patients and the extra

October 27th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Kairos Blanket Exercise  Mr. Speaker, on September 30, we remember the children who survived the residential school system and those who did not. However, our historical mistreatment of indigenous peoples extends well beyond residential schools and is our most fundamental injustice, one we must all be co

September 28th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for being a vocal advocate on this file in particular. It is depressing in some ways to hear “never again”, again and again, which is why I started my comments with the words of Mr. Dallaire from more than three years ago. I would also note that i

September 26th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Mr. Speaker, I had not turned my mind to that solution, but it seems that it may well be an effective one. I would note that in my discussions with human rights advocates and from listening to their advice, their principle concern is that human rights observers be allowed on th

September 26th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Don Valley West. I want to begin with the words of former senator and Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire: The warning signs preceding genocide in this case are ever present. The Rohingya have often been referred to as

September 26th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Preclearance Act, 2016  Madam Speaker, I was going to ask the member opposite if he is worried about the cannabis question because he is afraid of saying yes. On a more serious note, the access to information, privacy and ethics committee has recently undertaken a study of the protection of Canadians'

June 21st, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Amendments to Standing Orders  Mr. Speaker, I know the debate has been fractious at times and I know there is a bit of bad blood, but I am of the view that regardless of our partisanship, we agree more than we disagree. In the spirit of co-operation, I understand the member would like to see a better alignment

June 20th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

UV Index  Mr. Speaker, it is critical that we trust in science and in our scientists. Despite recent challenges, I remain hopeful about global efforts to tackle climate change because of our history of innovation and leadership in science. With that history in mind, I rise to recognize th

June 15th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, there is no perfect solution to a consensual crime like this. If they want to stamp it out, good luck; it is impossible. Whether it is gambling, whether it is alcohol addiction, whether it is cannabis, frankly whatever it is, there is no way to stamp out drug use com

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I am on record on multiple occasions saying that I do not think we should continue arresting Canadians for simple possession. I do not think we should continue charging them. I can say I was comforted when I hosted a drug policy town hall in my riding, and I had a p

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the goal of a strictly regulated system is to ensure that we are not allowing people off the street to sell marijuana, whether it is kids to kids or whether it is others to kids. The notion of the five-gram limit is to ensure that we avoid giving criminal records for

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I would second the notion that the war on drugs is an abject failure, with cannabis no less than other substances. When we look at the Colorado model, we see that those who were not convinced in the first place have seen the successes and have been converts. I expe

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, as I was saying, the black market has no age limit and no quality controls. We also know there is a better way. With tobacco use, we have seen a public health approach succeed, not prohibition but a focus on regulation, restrictions on public use, restrictions on com

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the cannabis act. It closely follows the recommendations from the task force report of last December, and overall it is a public health approach that also treats Canadians like the responsible adults we are. We talk a lot about protecting

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal