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Beaches—East York  Mr. Speaker, the holidays are a time to spend with family and with our community. We have been lucky to celebrate the holidays in Beaches—East York with many local bazaars, our Santa Claus parade along Kingston Road, DECA's festival of lights in East Lynn Park, and the Beaches L

December 13th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise to present two petitions. In the first petition, 100 petitioners are calling on the environment minister to educate Canadians about the impact of our diets on our planet through the climatechange.gc.ca website. The petitioners note that reducing animal produ

December 4th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, in the second petition, hundreds of petitioners have noted that Canada does not currently have a national flower. Master Gardeners of Ontario created an online poll in which almost 10,000 Canadians voted, and 79.5% of those voters chose cornus canadensis, also know

December 4th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite suggested there is not a lot to show for some of the federal spending. However, the Governor of the Bank of Canada disagrees and has called the Canada child benefit “highly stimulative”. The member also talked about hopeless budgeting that no one

November 28th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Madam Speaker, the member said something that I want to clarify and get his thoughts on. He said that any work-in-progress account is going to be subject to income tax. The members opposite know that is not true. In fact, bill-based accounting rules are the lesser value of fair m

November 28th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it was interesting to note that the parliamentary budget office released a report in October, the fiscal sustainability report, and noted that federal finances are actually sustainable in the long term, contrary to what the member has indicated. The member mentioned

November 28th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, I have to say my colleague highlighted the problems, in his view, of creating a requirement or an ability to decline requests that are vexatious and frivolous. That was a recommendation from the Information Commissioner. When we undertook at our committee a study o

November 27th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Report Stage  Madam Speaker, about 12% of Canadians self-report using cannabis every year, but around 80% of Canadians say they use alcohol; 4.4 million Canadians are at risk for chronic health effects as a result of alcohol use; 3.1 million Canadians are at risk of immediate injury and harm;

November 21st, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I have heard a lot of talk about delays from the other side, requests to delay this legislation further, and that we are rushing ahead so quickly. I would note that Colorado and Washington, in November 2012, passed resolutions at the ballot. The electorate called f

November 21st, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Neighbourhood Group  Mr. Speaker, The Neighbourhood Group has provided support to Toronto neighbourhoods since 1911, including in Beaches—East York. Its mission is to serve people at every stage of their lives, and to promote independence and dignity. In the last year, The Neighbourhood Group's sta

November 20th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

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